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Pontiac — Authorities are trying to identify a man who either jumped or fell to his death off a 115-foot tall water tower on the Oakland County government campus Tuesday night.

The body was found about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday beneath the tower, which is within a fenced area north of the Farmer’s Market and west of Telegraph, according to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.

“We have not identified him yet,” Undersheriff Michael McCabe said. “It appears he climbed over the fence and then climbed up the tower. It remains under investigation.”

McCabe said one possibility is the man might be the same person who Tuesday night walked away from the Common Ground Crisis and Resource Center about a quarter mile away on east side of Telegraph.

Deputies had initially been called out about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday to the Common Ground facility, a 24-hour crisis services agency dedicated to helping youths, adults and families.

The man had initially asked his mother to take him to Common Ground because of suicidal thoughts, but he bolted from the car once at the facility.

The man had previously been treated at nearby Doctor’s Hospital in Pontiac for inpatient treatment after trying to take his life, according to a preliminary report.

Deputies searched the area but were unable to locate the man and requested a K-9 tracking dog. After a lengthy search the dog led deputies to an area of Telegraph and Dixie Highway where the track ended.

A radio message was sent out to area police agencies with a description of the man and his clothing. It is believed he doubled-back to the county campus and climbed the tower.

A county employee checking out a radio transmitter near the tower discovered the body.

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