Mur­der was a staged sui­cide

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - Local - Tonya Alanez, WPEC-Ch. 12

At first it ap­peared to be a mur­der case when a 71-year-old Palm Beach Gar­dens man was found dead in a field next to his coun­try club home.

But af­ter a six-month in­ves­ti­ga­tion, po­lice re­leased a re­port that con­cluded Alan Jay Abra­ham­son killed him­self and staged it as a homi­cide.

The pre­vail­ing the­ory, backed by emails, re­ceipts, com­puter-search his­to­ries and phone records is that Abra­ham­son tied a string to a gun, at­tached it to a weather bal­loon, shot him­self and let go, al­low­ing the bal­loon and gun to float far away from the crime scene.

Searches on Abra­ham­son’s phone re­vealed that he had re­searched sui­cide meth­ods on­line and asked the : “Can life in­sur­ance com­pa­nies deny pay­ment for sui­cide?”

In­ves­ti­ga­tors found that Abra­ham­son had de­pleted his re­tire­ment ac­count and made large pay­ments into his life in­sur­ance ac­count be­fore his death.

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