No autopsies, IDs yet on dead homeless men

Baltimore & Region

December 05, 2005

Baltimore police are awaiting the results of autopsies to determine what killed two homeless men who perished in subfreezing weather early Saturday.

Meanwhile, police and fire officials said they had not identified the two dead men or a third man who was with them. The three were found unconscious early Saturday on the sidewalk near Pratt and Eutaw streets.

Officer Troy Harris, a city police spokesman, said the dead men did not appear to be victims of foul play, and that without evidence of a crime, "It's not something we're following up on." He added: "If it's not ruled a homicide, then it won't involve police action."

Temperatures fell to 27 degrees shortly before dawn Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. That's two degrees higher than the 25-degree threshold that can prompt city health officials to open an emergency shelter for the homeless.

The three men, who appeared to be between 40 and 55, were found unconscious and lying under coats and blankets about 8 a.m. Saturday, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, a Fire Department spokesman.

Paramedics performed CPR on all three men, who were not breathing and showed weak vital signs, Cartwright said.

Two of the men were taken to University of Maryland Medical Center, where one was pronounced dead a short time later and the other was listed in critical condition Saturday. Yesterday, Cartwright said he had not received additional information about the man's condition.

The other man died at Maryland General Hospital on Saturday.

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