UPDATE: Body Found at Harvard-Westlake Grounds Identified as Missing Suicidal Local Man

The man lived a block away from the location.

Police have identified the body tied to a tree at Harvard-Westlake School as that of 57-year-old James Ernest Oberg, who was considered to be possibly suicidal and whose family had been searching for him for the past two weeks.

Oberg (see Missing Persons listing here) committed suicide and died from asphyxiation, according to Los Angeles County Coroner investigator Mario Sainz.

The body of Oberg, who had lived in the 3900 block of Coldwater Canyon Avenue, was found Friday morning in a tree across from the main gate of the private school.

It wasn't clear from police reports whether Oberg had hanged himself.

Oberg was last seen on the morning of May 31. Los Angeles police had asked the public for help in finding Oberg, describing him as possibly suicidal and saying his family was extremely concerned for his welfare. 

Around 8:18 a.m. Friday, police received a call about a dead body that was discovered on land owned by . On the police scanner, an LAPD officer described the body as "tied up."

Harvard-Westlake students reported in The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle school paper that Jim Crawford, the school's head of security and a former police officer, found the body when he was clearing out brush about 8 a.m. at the property just across from the school's main entrance.

“According to my experience working homicide, it looked like he had been there a couple of days,” Crawford told the Chronicle.

Harvard-Westlake is a prestigious private school located on 22 acres. Among the famous alum from the school are Lovitz, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jason Reitman, Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal and Tori Spelling.

Frank Grande June 21, 2012 at 06:23 PM
I knew Jimmy for almost 40 years and as Keith said he was a man that did things his way. Never a burden to anyone. He had always said to me " when I go, I am going on my own terms". Jimmy you will be missed. Jimmy took his own life two doors up the street where he had lived for the past 10 or so years. That's the only thing the school had to do with it.
Erik Dauphin June 22, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Erik Dauphin I have been friends with Jim for 8 years. We met at work and did a lot of golfing together. He and I and a few others from work had a standing golf outing just about every Wednesday. Jim was easy going, care-free and never seemed to have a bad day. He would work for a while, then travel and golf for several months. I will miss him. We will have a special Kettle One toast this evening in his honor. Cheers Mate
Ana June 22, 2012 at 08:05 PM
I worked with Jim Oberg for many years and sat right next to him for almost 2 years.. As Keith Williamson so eloquently wrote, "Jim traveled thru this life, doing what he wanted, the way that he wanted. In the end, he brought a conclusion to his dimension the way he wanted. Never was he a burden to those amongst him nor to society." I pray he is at peace. This is the 2nd person I know comitting suicide in 2 months period. May everyone know that life is fragile and may we touch those around us; you just never know what someone is going through internally - loneliness is a killer. :( Such sad news.
Barry K June 23, 2012 at 01:57 PM
It is with a heavy heart that I write this as those who know Sherri and I, know just how close we were to the man we so fondly called "Jimmy." Many movies, dinners, cocktails, laughs, and so much more. He and I shared a common dream -- to let our creative spirits fly. His music, if you haven't heard it, is something truly special. His carefully chosen words encapsulated his person so very beautifully. He will live forever in our hearts. We love and miss you, Jimmy. 'Til we meet again...
Chrissy July 02, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Thank you all you good thoughtful people ! Jimmy is at peace. I am his little sister and he took a piece of my soul with him. Forever be at peace. Oxox


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