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Death At Homeless Camp In Salt Lake City Under Investigation

Feb 7, 2021, 8:03 PM | Updated: 8:06 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Tragedy at a homeless camp in Salt Lake City after a 45-year-old woman was found dead and another man was sent to the hospital.

Police said the call came in just after 6 a.m. Sunday.

When officers arrived, they found the woman dead in her tent.

“I was in shock for most of the morning,” said Darin Mann.

The camp is actually in Darin Mann’s front yard at 800 West and 500 North, which he opened up to the homeless.

He said he’s been frustrated with the city’s efforts to get them services.

“Even if they are well meaning, people that disrupt our officers’ ability to check on these folks, at times, people pass away,” said Salt Lake City Police Lt. Steve Wooldridge.

“They say, ‘Oh, people are blocking services with camps and whatnot, but all they do is just push them to another spot,” said Mann. “They don’t really provide services.”

The official cause of death was being investigated.

Mann said he was told it was carbon monoxide poisoning from coal the couple used to keep themselves warm in the tent.

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Death At Homeless Camp In Salt Lake City Under Investigation