The can of spray paint sat on the ledge of a downtown Sacramento office tower. A tool for etching glass lay below. The body of Craig Fugate was tangled in some ropes about nine stories up the tower.
Authorities on Tuesday were trying to piece together the bizarre death. They believe Fugate was somehow killed Monday while trying to vandalize the office building.
“They found the spray paint where he climbed down” but no actual tags, said Officer Doug Morse.
The Sacramento coroner’s office is still trying to determine a cause of death.
Fugate used rope to tie himself in a seated position like he was rappelling, authorities said. The rope work was fairly rudimentary and authorities believe there could have been some type of malfunction. Police and firefighters who respond to the scene found a door propped open on the roof of the building at 12th and K streets.
An uncle on Tuesday told the Sacramento Bee he had never known Fugate to deface property with graffiti.
In recent years, authorities have begun targeting daredevil taggers, who have vandalized such landmarks as freeway signs and the walls of the L.A. River.