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Man hangs himself from tree in Prospect Park - Brooklyn Paper

Man hangs himself from tree in Prospect Park

Police tape was still visible over the weekend near the waterfall trail just off the Long Meadow in Prospect Park, where Nikolay Vovchok hanged himself from a tree on Aug. 16, according to authorities.
Photo by Elizabeth Graham

A 53-year-old man hanged himself in Prospect Park early Friday, police said.

Cops found the body of Nikolay Vovchok dangling from a tree in Brooklyn’s backyard with a belt wrapped around his neck at 7:48 am, authorities said.

Police said Vovchok committed suicide beside the greenspace’s massive lake near the waterfall trail just off the Long Meadow. He was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.

Vovchok lived on Avenue N between E. Second Street and E. Third Street in Midwood, according to whitepages.com.

Prospect Park-goers were stunned to learn of the suicide.

“That’s so awful to hear,” said Brittany Bowen, who babysits two young Park Slope children and regularly takes them to the Park. “It’s frightening.”

Reach reporter Natalie Musumeci at nmusumeci@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her at twitter.com/souleddout.

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