Death in a tent - Crescent City
Body discovered at encampment
A 50-year-old woman was found dead at a homeless encampment at the far eastern end of Fifth Street behind the Safeway grocery store Tuesday afternoon.
Del Norte County Sheriff's Office authorities said it does not appear that foul play was involved in her death, and an autopsy is scheduled for Friday afternoon.
Toxicology results will probably not be available for several weeks after that.
The woman’s name was not available Tuesday evening, and Sheriff’s Office Commander Tim Athey said officials are waiting to confirm whether her next of kin has been notified about her death before releasing that information.
According to Athey, the woman was found dead inside her tent by another homeless person who was living at the encampment.
Crescent City’s temperature dipped as low as 46 degrees early Tuesday morning, and a steady rain fell overnight and throughout the day.
In the past three years, at least two other homeless people have died in the wetland area behind Safeway and Ray’s Food Place near Elk Creek.
Both individuals, a 31-year-old male and 47-year-old female, appeared to have died due to exposure to the elements.