The LAPD was reportedly in the area (near a riverbed in the Sunland neighborhood of Los Angeles where Salling lived) working on an unrelated matter when they found him hanging. Because a missing persons report had been filed for him, they were able to run the plates on the car at the scene and confirm it was his, which eventually helped identify the body. It's unclear how long the body was there before authorities found it.
According to PEOPLE, Salling was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy is expected to be conducted in the next few days.
Salling was awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor charges. Though he was expected to be sentenced to four-to-seven years in prison in March, he’d already had to register as a sex offender and begin treatment.
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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.