Williams was dead, suspended slightly off the ground in a seated position with a belt around his neck, the apparent victim of suicide, Boyd said.
“The preliminary results of the forensic examination revealed supporting physical signs that Mr. Williams’ life ended from asphyxia due to hanging,” Boyd told reporters Tuesday.
Dozens of journalists, some from as far away as Germany, attended a news conference at the Sheriff’s Office in San Rafael, where Boyd revealed new details about the events that led to the discovery of Williams’ body.
An autopsy was conducted Tuesday by Dr. Joseph Cohen at the Napa County morgue. Marin County authorities selected the facility because it offered more security than the private contractor that usually conducts Marin autopsies, Boyd said.
Toxicology tests, which would reveal if Williams had any chemical substances in his system at the time of his death, are being conducted and will yield results in two to six weeks, Boyd said.
Williams had been seeking treatment for depression, Boyd said. Asked whether Williams left a suicide note, Boyd said “We’re not discussing the note or a note at this time.”
He said Williams and his wife were home alone when she went to bed around 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Williams went to another room.