Officers respond to apparent suicide at Sunnyside Park

911 caller said they saw body hanging from tree; 51-year-old woman deceased

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HSING-HAN CHEN | DAILY EVERGREEN FILE

Whitman County Coroner Annie Pillers said the official coroner’s report will be released later this week.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

A 51-year-old female died from an apparent suicide May 12 at Sunnyside Park in Pullman.

Pullman Police officers responded to a 911 call at 5 p.m. from a park-goer. The caller reported a woman’s body hanging from a tree in the area above the community garden, said Pullman Police Cmdr. Jake Opgenorth.

Officers later received a call for a welfare check on the woman because her dog was loose, Opgenorth said.

Whitman County Coroner Annie Pillers said the investigation into the cause of death is not yet complete. The official coroner’s report will be released later this week.

The woman is Albion resident Rani Naoma Haider, according to a media release from the Whitman County Coroner’s Office.

The cause of death was asphyxia, or lack of oxygen in the body, due to hanging, according to the release. The manner of death was suicide.

Editor’s note: This article was updated to include Haider’s identity and cause of death.