Murder was a staged suicide
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.