MORRISTOWN, NJ (Morris County) – The investigation into the June 28 death of Amanual “Amani” Kildea, 20, of Washington Township, Morris County has concluded and was determined to be a suicide, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp said.
On June 28, police received a 9-1-1 call at around 2:47 p.m. and he caller indicated that the body of a young black male was observed hanging from a tree just off a hiking trail in Lewis Morris Park in Morristown, Knapp said.
First responders arrived to the scene and located the body of Kildea in a near seated position at the base of a tree, with a rope wrapped around his neck. This rope was connected to the tree approximately six-and-one-half feet from the ground, and his body was partially suspended several inches off the ground, Knapp said.
“There were no indications of a struggle observed at the scene,” Knapp said.
A subsequent investigation at the scene revealed Kildea’s wallet and cell phone to be in his pocket. His other personal items, including a laptop and backpack, were neatly placed near his body. Kildea’s car was subsequently located in a parking lot at the Park, Knapp said.
Further investigation confirmed that Kildea had purchased the rope used in this incident from a Morris County home improvement center earlier on June 28, 2020 and he was alone at the time of purchase. Additional investigation revealed evidence that Kildea had conducted multiple internet searches related to suicide on June 28, 2020, Knapp said.
“The investigation did not reveal any evidence of criminality, nor is there any evidence of a connection between Mr. Kildea’s suicide and any other person or group,” Knapp said.
The Morris County Medical Examiner performed a post-mortem examination on Kildea’s body and the manner of death was determined to be suicide. The Medical Examiner did not identify any trauma to Kildea’s body that was inconsistent with the manner of death, Knapp said.
“While the Morris County Prosecutor does not ordinarily issue public statements containing specific details regarding suicide investigations, there has been a great deal of inquiry related to this investigation. As a result, now that the investigation has concluded, these details are being shared in order to provide as much transparency as possible. Moreover, the findings of this investigation have been shared with Mr. Kildea’s family. Out of respect and consideration for Mr. Kildea’s family, there will be no further comment on the details of this investigation,” Knapp said.
The investigation was conducted by the Morris County Park Police, Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, with assistance from the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office, and in consultation with the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, which concurs with the findings herein.
If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or considering suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.