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Cold May Have Been Factor in 2 Homeless Deaths

The bodies of a homeless man and woman were found blocks apart in Costa Mesa. An Autopsy will determine if exposure to freezing temperatures killed them.

A homeless man in his 50s and a homeless woman were found dead today in Costa Mesa within blocks of each other and hours apart, but there were no apparent signs of foul play or that the deaths were connected, police said.

The body of Robert Collins was found about 2:30 a.m. in the 400 block of West 19th Street, Costa Mesa police Lt. Bryan Glass said.

The body of the woman, whose name was not immediately released, was found about noon in the 100 block of East 17th Street, Glass added.

Their deaths did not appear to be suspicious, but the cold may have been a factor in their deaths, Glass said.

``Obviously we've been facing extreme weather conditions over the past several days,'' Glass said.

Investigators will not know for certain if the deaths were connected to the weather until autopsies are completed, Glass said.

Do you know of resources to help get the local homeless population through this cold snap?  Do you know ways you or your neighbors can help? Share them in the comments.

 - City News Service

Teresa Tait-Taylor January 16, 2013 at 11:01 PM
Hangers are way too far from where they are. How would they get there? WALK? The help has to come from where they are. There is a Community Theater Playhouse up on the hill near the Hoag Hospital area, Bathrooms available,I bet they even have cooking facilities can someone check into that and see if it is a viable solution?
Johnny Utah January 16, 2013 at 11:03 PM
Maybe if they got a job, they wouldn't die.
Teresa Tait-Taylor January 16, 2013 at 11:58 PM
I have a much better idea.... I was a security guard for the Fair for 5 or 6 years and know that they have all kinds of buildings on the property. They have taken down most of the fencing(which, in my opinion was NOT a good idea from a security point of view) why can't they open a building for people to sack out in????there are bathrooms, many places to cook food.......it is a county facility, guards on duty....seems like a perfect place.
Delilah Phan January 17, 2013 at 08:54 PM
Paige Austin January 21, 2013 at 09:01 PM
Thanks, everyone, for sharing your caring ideas. This month the county has purchased property for a regional homeless shelter. Also, you might appreciate this LA Times article about a homeless inventor, who was robbed and beaten but ended up forming a partnership with the doctor who treated him to design emergency pods for the homeless and displaced: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-homeless-inventor-20130121,0,2251345.story?page=1


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