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Sep 24, 2009 10:19 AM by Associated Press

Feds probe US Census worker hanging in Kentucky

The Census Bureau has suspended door-to-door interviews in rural Clay County, Kentucky, where one of its workers was found hanged with the word "fed" scrawled on his chest.

The FBI is investigating whether anti-government sentiment played a roll in the death of Bill Sparkman.

Attacking a federal worker during or because of his federal job is a federal crime. A retired state trooper says he warned Sparkman to be careful going door-to-door collecting census data in rural Kentucky. He describes Sparkman as "an innocent person" who "saw the world as all good" and says he was afraid he might "meet the wrong character along the way."

Sparkman, a substitute teacher, was supplementing his income doing Census field work.

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