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UPDATE: Man believed to have committed suicide near Gorman was 53-year-old Torrance resident

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Posted: June 5, 2013 3:48 p.m.
Updated: June 5, 2013 6:12 p.m.

Investigators with the coroner’s office have identified the body of a Torrance man found dead in a car near Gorman on Tuesday, a coroner’s spokesman said Wednesday.

Keith Leclair, 53, was found inside a car on Hungry Valley Road near Lower Freeman Trail, the victim of an apparent suicide.

An official cause and manner of the man’s death have yet to be determined by the coroner, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office said Wednesday.

Leclair lived in a suburban part of Torrance about three miles from the ocean.

Los Angeles County firefighters were dispatched near Gorman around 2 p.m. Tuesday for a person who had apparently committed “chemical suicide” in a car, Inspector Scott Miller said Tuesday.

The department’s hazardous materials unit was sent to the scene, he said.

Detective Richard Alverado of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau said he is treating the death as a suicide.

“In reference to the chemical suicide, yes that is what this is being investigated as,” he said.
“There is no evidence to believe it’s anything but a suicide.”

On Tuesday Miller noted a recent trend, which he said “started in Japan,” of people using potent and lethal concentrations of chemicals to commit suicide inside a motor vehicle.

“They usually post a note in the window,” he said.

The notes are intended to alert emergency responders to the potential health risk posed by the chemicals used in the suicide, he said.

Last month, firefighters shut down a section of road in the Angeles National Forest for a suicide inside a car that involved potentially lethal chemicals.
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