Man found dead in tent under Maxwell Bridge

2013-01-03T14:32:00Z 2013-01-30T20:48:45Z Man found dead in tent under Maxwell BridgeRegister staff Napa Valley Register
January 03, 2013 2:32 pm  • 

A 59-year-old man was found dead Thursday afternoon inside a tent that had been pitched under the Maxwell Bridge, a short distance from the new Century Napa Valley movie theaters.

Police, who withheld the man’s identity until next of kin could be notified, said the death does not appear to be suspicious. Police are still gathering information, Police Capt. Jeff Troendly said late Thursday afternoon.

Napa police responded shortly before 2 p.m. to a report of a body found beneath the bridge, a short distance from the Napa River.

First responders, including the Napa Police Department and a sheriff’s unit, gathered around a tent west of the parking lot for the Century Napa Valley theater.

A pair of boots were visible near the tent, which was pitched about 50 feet from Hartle Court, home to Napa Sanitation District offices.

At about 2:40 p.m., a coroner’s deputy removed the body of a man, wearing what appears to be jeans and a green jacket. He also pulled half-a-dozen bottles of alcohol from the gray and red tent.

At the Napa Sanitation District’s offices, Jeff Tucker, chief officer for the district, and Cheryl Schuh, human resources officer and clerk of the board, learned from a reporter that man had been found dead near their parking lot.

“It’s not unusual for people to camp there,” Tucker said.

Schuh said she had seen the tent over the past few months. “It’s been there a while,” she said.

“The coroner's officer will schedule an autopsy to determine the cause of death in the near future,” Troendly said.

More information on the dead person was not immediately available.

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    REPUBLICANKID - January 04, 2013 4:55 pm
    I would bet He froze to death. Why did he not go to the shelter we pay so much for?
  2. tomhansen
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    tomhansen - January 05, 2013 8:54 am
    Probably has mental problems and can't integrate with others well. When Governor Reagan turned the CA state hospitals into prisons to solve CA's budget crisis, many former patients moved right under the nearest bridge(s). Going into my seventh decade in Napa soon, and never saw homeless in Napa until Regan became Governor. The glorious 1980's.
  3. Livingthedream
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    Livingthedream - January 05, 2013 10:58 am
    sad so sad
  4. Michael Drake
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    Michael Drake - January 05, 2013 9:37 pm
    Tom was a nice man. I had the pleasure of drivng him to his bell ringing destination on several occasions during the past month. It's hard to imagine a world without him.
  5. JustAnotherManicMonday
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    JustAnotherManicMonday - January 08, 2013 3:43 pm
    So a homeless guy dies in Napa? And his boots are outside his tent? If he was cold, why didn't he bring the boots inside the tent? Does he have a name? What is his story? What was he doing for Salvation Army? Was he outside of CVS or Vallergas ? Where have we seen him? I want more details please.
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