WASHINGTON, August 12, 2014 — Marin County (Caiifornia) Assistant Chief Deputy Coroner Lt. Boyd Keith confirmed in a news conference Tuesday morning that on August 11 at 11:55 a.m., the Marin Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call regarding an adult male who was unconscious in Tiburon, California. The caller was distraught after discovering an apparent suicide due to hanging.
Emergency personnel responded at noon. The deceased was identified as Robin McLauren Williams. At the time of his death, he was seeking treatment for depression.
Williams’ wife Susan Schneider left the home in the morning, thinking her husband was still asleep. Williams’ assistant gained access to the bedroom to find him. He was described by Lt. Keith as clothed, in a seated position over the ground, slightly suspended by a belt around his neck and wedged between a closet door and frame.
His wrist showed recent, superficial wounds, which were not contributing factors to his death, and a pocket knife was retrieved from the scene. Williams was transported to the morgue, pending a forensic examination. His body has since been released.
Dr. Joseph Cohen, Marin County chief of forensic pathology, said the examination did not reveal any signs of struggle, that Williams ended his life due to asphyxiation by hanging. Toxicology reports will not be available for two to six weeks.
Lt. Keith’s published statement: