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Missing man's body found near Harvard-Westlake School

June 16, 2012 |  4:18 pm

Authorities have identified a body found tied to a tree near Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City as belonging to a 57-year-old man who went missing from his nearby home more than two weeks ago.

James Ernest Oberg committed suicide, dying from asphyxiation, said Los Angeles County coroner's investigator Mario Sainz. He said he did not know if the victim had hanged himself.

Oberg's body was discovered in the 3700 block of Coldwater Canyon Avenue near the private high school campus about 8:20 a.m. Friday.  

The school's student-run online newspaper, the Harvard-Westlake Chronicle, reported that the body was found by the school's head of security as he was clearing away brush in the area.

Oberg was last seen on the morning of May 31 near his home in the 3900 block of Coldwater Canyon Avenue, according to Los Angeles police. A week later, the LAPD asked the public for help in finding Oberg, describing him as possibly suicidal and saying his family was extremely concerned for his welfare.

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