Homeless man found dead in Port Coquitlam
A homeless man was found dead outdoors in Port Coquitlam Sunday morning. Mounties are not speculating on the cause of death but say foul play is not suspected.
The man, who is in his 40s, was found near the busy intersection of Shaughnessy Street and Lougheed Highway at around 8:15 a.m. He is the seventh homeless person to die in the Tri-Cities this year alone.
Those who knew him say he had problems with alcohol and had refused shelter in the past. They also say he was beaten up recently by some youths.
Insp. Stephen Drolet said police knew the deceased and spoke to him as recently as four days ago.
"There is an option for a cold weather shelter, for overnight shelter in Port Coquitlam, and I know he's been there," he said. "Why he didn't go last night, I don't know."
Drolet said it's too early to tell if cold weather played a role in his death. An autopsy will be performed some time this week.