Homeless Man Who Died in Cold ID'd

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Police have identified the homeless Reno man who died in the bitter cold at a city park as 59-year-old Jerome Cleommie Austin.

Austin was found dead at Whitaker Park on Dec. 11 about 8:30 a.m.

Investigators say he died from exposure just a day after a Reno officer conducting a welfare check had brought him a new sleeping bag, blanket, jacket and food.

Police say Austin routinely stayed in the park just west of the University of Nevada, Reno near U.S. Interstate 80.

The officer who found him and several others had known him about 20 years.


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