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(USA TODAY) An apparent graffiti tagger was found dead in a rope harness on the side of an 18-story office tower near the California Capitol on Monday morning, Sacramento police said.

The unidentified man's body was reported dangling at 7:45 a.m. PT around the 14th floor of the the 1201 K Tower, home to lobbyists, public relations people and lawyers. Police said it appears he was accidentally asphyxiated when he rappelled from the top of the 240-foot building, which is two blocks from the Capitol.

The building had not been defaced, but spray paint and an etching tool were found on the roof, said Officer Michelle Gigante.

The man, who appeared to be in his 30s, had looped two ropes into a harness similar to what rock climbers use and connected it to a window-washer's hook on the 17th floor.

"The rope was clover-leafed around his body -- it's a common knot that we use -- and it tends to be self-cinching," Battalion Chief Marc Bentovoja told KXTV-TV. "It looks like that might have been what tightened the rope up on him."

Investigators are reviewing building security video for more clues.

Michael Winter, USA TODAY

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