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Sheriff's Office releases identity of man found hanged in Seville; hanging victim was sexual predator
By Pat Andrews
posted Jan 14, 2014 - 5:17:45pm
The Volusia County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of 50-year-old Andrew C. Mayer in Seville. Mayer's body was found hanging from a tree Jan. 11.
The Sheriff's Office reported Jan. 11 that the Major Case Unit was investigating Mayer's death; however, Mayer's name was not released at that time.
A call reporting the body came in at about 11:26 a.m. Jan. 11 from an unnamed acquaintance of Mayer's who said she found Mayer's body a couple of hundred yards into a wooded lot near the intersection of Lemon Road and Church Street in Seville.
An autopsy was completed Jan. 13, but the cause of death and other details have not yet been released.
A Beacon search revealed that an Andrew C. Mayer or Andrew Christopher Mayer, date of birth Nov. 7, 1963 — the same date of birth listed for the Andrew C. Mayer found hanged — is listed as a sexual predator by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and has an address of 316 Chipola Dr. in DeLand. The Department of Corrections website shows that Mayer was released from prison July 31, 2013. He had been convicted in 2001 of a sexual act of coercion by an adult on a child in a 2000 case in Charlotte.
Sheriff's Office spokesman Brandon Haught confirmed that the Andrew Christopher Mayer identified as a sexual predator is the same person as the Andrew C. Mayer found hanged.
The Sheriff's Office report from Jan. 11 states the reporting person told the deputy Mayer had hanged himself.
The deputy then followed "a well-groomed and traveled pathway to the to the Northwest corner of the orange grove approximately two hundred yards west of Church Street."
There, the deputy found a small footpath heading from the main orange-grove path into a wooded area, leading him to an oak tree where he saw Mayer hanging by his neck with a half-inch-thick rope. The rope was thrown over a high branch about 8-12 feet from the ground and one end wrapped around the tree's base.
Mayer's body was observed in "a kneeling position," the report states, with both knees appearing to be in contact with the ground.
The deputy observed lividity in Mayer's body, and Mayer was yellowish in color. Lividity indicates death — the heart has stopped pumping the body's blood, and the blood has pooled in the lowest part of the body, turning that part of the body a dark purple color.
A Volusia County Fire Services emergency-medical technician reported to the scene, where he pronounced Mayer dead. A crime-scene log was begun, and criminal-investigation and Major Case investigators took over the scene, "due to the suspicious nature of the call," the Sheriff's Office report states.
The case has generated interest. One man who made an inquiry to The Beacon about the hanging stated in an email, "I knew this man and it sounds VERY suspicious to me."
The source said Mayer was kind, thoughtful and serious-minded, and unlikely to have committed suicide.
The Major Case Unit is continuing to investigate.
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