WHO: Substitute teacher and part-time Census-taker Bill Sparkman
WHAT: The FBI is investigating the hanging death of Sparkman, a U.S. Census worker, near a southeast Kentucky cemetery. The word “Fed” was reportedly scrawled on the dead man’s chest. The body of the 51-year-old single father was discovered hanging from a tree in a remote patch of the Daniel Boone National Forest.
WHAT’S GOING ON: Investigators are still trying to determine whether the death was a killing or a suicide, although Census officials were told it looks like “an apparent homicide.” If Sparkman was killed, it must be learned whether the motive was related to anti-government sentiment about his job.
WHAT’S BEING DONE: The Census Bureau has suspended door-to-door interviews in rural Clay County pending the outcome of the FBI and state police investigation.