RAGLAND, Ala. (AP) -- Police in an Alabama town are investigating the death of an 8-year-old girl who was found hanging from a rope attached to a tree at her home in Ragland.
St. Clair County Coroner Dennis Russell tells The Associated Press that authorities are treating the death as "a very suspicious" case.
Russell identified the girl as Katelynn Arnold. She was found hanging from the rope shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday. He said that an autopsy was planned in Huntsville to help determine how she died.
Neighbors told WBRC-TV the rope used to be part of an old tire swing. Russell described it as "like a big cotton rope."
Ragland Elementary School planned to have grief counselors available Friday for classmates of the girl.
Ragland is about 45 miles northeast of Birmingham.