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49-Year-Old Man Hangs Himself Outside Nautilus Condos in Flagler Beach

| November 11, 2012

The suicide took place off the white railing toward the center of the picture, behind the white van, where the body of the victim remained this afternoon, awaiting the Medical Examiner. (© FlaglerLive)

Public suicides are rare in Flagler County. The last took place in April 2011, when a 50-year-old Palm Coast woman jumped to her death from the Hammock Dunes Bridge.

Sunday afternoon, just before 4 p.m., a 49-year-old man hanged himself outside the Nautilus condominiums in Flagler Beach, where he lived with his parents.

Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

The Nautilus, at 3580 Oceanshore Boulevard at the south end of Flagler Beach, is a high rise condominium. The suicide took place when the man tied a rope around a white railing at the foot of the building’s southwest side, and jumped. Local residents saw his body and called 911 as the victim hung over the garage entrance to the building. The victim was taken down by rescue personnel, who included members of the Flagler Beach Fire Department. The rope was cut, but its upper portion left attached to the railing.

Flagler County Fire Rescue pronounced the man dead at 4:01 p.m., Flagler Beach Police Office Tim Sturman said. The man’s identity had not yet been released. “We just know he’s had depression issues in the past,” Sturman said.

The victim’s body was placed under a yellow tarp on a grassy shoulder not far from the building’s west entrance, yellow police tape blocking off the area immediately surrounding the location, as authorities awaited, more than an hour after the incident, the medical examiner due in from St. Augustine. Residents of the Nautilus stood or paced on their balconies, looking down at the scene. Members of the city’s police and fire departments huddled and waited.

And on occasion, residents or neighbors of the condominium walked by, wondering what the police presence was about, some unaware of what had taken, others reacting with dismay.

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15 Responses for “49-Year-Old Man Hangs Himself Outside Nautilus Condos in Flagler Beach”

  1. Justin says:

    How sad, people there is help out there.

  2. Jim Neuenfeldt says:

    Sometimes I wonder about the water……
    It is so sad to think that he thought things are so bad there was no other way out.
    If your feeling bad…. Talk to anyone…. You can get the help you need!
    Trust me I know all too well!

  3. Safety guy says:

    May God have mercy on his soul, Amen.

  4. LRM says:

    I’d like to think there is help out there also. But for people out of jobs, without insurance or money, I wonder where the help is. If you know some where, please post it. I know lots of people who need it and I would gladly pass on the information.

  5. Geezer says:

    All it takes is a weak moment and a strong impulse.

    This sickness is very real to millions of Americans.
    It is a true disease, not something to criticize or mock, like many do.

    I sympathize with this man’s family–they now have to pick up the shattered pieces.
    That poor fellow has no more concerns.

    I think that I know this person and his father. I hope I’m wrong.

  6. Anonymous says:

    There really is not that much help here. Flagler and Volusia have the highest suicide rates per capita (note: per capita) that any other areas in Florida. Most commom are white males between 20’s – 50’s. There might be some help if you have really good insurance or a lot of money, but I don’t think the local Vince Carter Sanctuary offers care for indigents. If there’s other free or very low cost mental health care in Flagler, it’d be great to know about it, especially somewhere that helps mentally ill people gain access to medications and counseling they desperately need but cannot afford.

  7. justsomegirl says:

    Please let me know where there is some help..I could use some my family is going thru a really hard time my husband has not worked in 2 months and I have been looking for a job for the last 6 months we r so broke right now and have 3 kids so please let me k.ow where there is some help

    • Netracer41 says:

      Stewart-Marchman-ACT serves Volusia and Flagler county for mental health and substance abuse treatment. There is a 24 hour call center for treatment access, crisis, and suicide prevention.
      Call 800-539-4228.

    • Geezer says:

      See if Flagler County Social Services can be of help–maybe point you to a social worker.

  8. costablue says:

    Sadly, this is only going to increase with the state of the economy, lack of jobs, ect. Prayers to the family.

  9. Brattlike says:

    For chiildren you can call Halifax Behavioral Services at (386) 274-5333 ask for a screener and they can set you up with the services for your children.

  10. Tammy says:

    Anyone needing help of any kind can call 211 anytime day or night. Justsomegirl, give them a call. They can lead you to the right agencies to get the assistance you need.

    What you need to know about it:

    *Nationally certified specialists able to offer compassion & guidance in identifying your

    needs & helping you locate any available services that meet your need.

    *Availability 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

    *Access to information in ANY language, through telephone interpreter services.

  11. fANNIE says:

    There is also the crisis hotline in Flagler County as well. They are always there to listen 24 hours a day 7 days a week @ (386)437-3505

    • THE VOICE OF REASON says:

      For all the people looking for help, or looking to pass on to others, Access Flagler holds a one-stop service fair the first Friday of every month at the Cattlemen’s Hall at the Flagler County Fairgrounds.

      Free food, medical and dental assistance, even haircuts are available among many other things. A friend of mine participates each month as a volunteer, and says dozens of agencies participate.

      If a person doesn’t have a way to get to the fairgrounds outside Bunnell, the group can even provide transportation. For information, phone 386-437-0106 or Google Access Flagler.

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