Police: ‘Nothing suspicious’ in death of homeless man

By Kevin Spradlin

Authorities are keeping an open investigation into the recovery of a man found dead Thursday morning in Rockingham.

Rockingham Police Lt. Donavan Young said via email Friday that “at this point, there is nothing suspicious about the case.”

130301112458_DevelopingStoryFirst-responders were called to the scene — not specified by authorities — between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Thursday for the report of a man, believed to be homeless, found on or near railroad track within city limits. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

It’s not been determined, at least publicly, if the recent cold weather had anything to do with the man’s death. Wednesday night into Thursday morning, an arctic blast hit Richmond County. With wind gusts up to 26 mph and an overnight low of 13 degrees, it would have been difficult for someone to survive in such temperatures with adequate equipment. A family member indicated the man had sometimes stayed with his daughter in the area.

Young’s response was received approximately 22 hours after The Pee Dee Post inquired about the situation.

Young said the incident “remains under investigation” and that “I cannot comment on the decedent’s medical history as a matter of law.”

The Post did not request such information. Its inquiry was more of a general nature that sought “additional information” and whatever information Young could provide on the incident.

Young did not provide the identity of the man found, nor his age or last known town or state of residence.

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