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Homelessness can be deadly in the AZ heat

The latest heat wave may have killed 3 homeless men with no refuge from the heat. One was over 55 years old.

3 homeless men found dead in Phoenix

by Kyle Daly
The Arizona Republic

Authorities are unsure if scorching temperatures played a role in the deaths of three homeless people men in as many days.

One body was found in central Phoenix on Saturday about 5:30 p.m. when temperatures hovered around 108 degrees. Two others were found near a charity – one on Sunday, the other on Monday.

Phoenix police said the man found Saturday might have been a victim of the flu.

A friend found the man’s body outside near Tonto and Third streets, a few blocks east of Central Park.


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Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Trent Crump said the friend told officers the man was complaining of illness prior to his death.

There were no visible signs of trauma, Crump said, and it has not been determined if heat played a role in his sickness or death.

Authorities believe the man was between 55 and 65 years old, and his name could not be confirmed. The next body was found Sunday near 35th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road near a homeless charity.

Authorities said there were no signs of trauma, and it was unclear if heat was the cause.

A third person was again found near the charity Monday evening, fire officials said. That person was discovered with another transient who was released following examination by paramedics. Again, authorities were unsure if heat was the cause of death, but said it was at least a “contributing factor.”

On all three days, the National Weather Service reported highs of about 110 degrees.

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/07/19/20100719phoenix-two-homeless-men-dead-abrk.html

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