Homeless man found dead near Atascadero park is identified

tstrickland@thetribunenews.comJanuary 25, 2013 

UPDATE 2:10 p.m.: The homeless man who was found dead in Atascadero on Sunday has been identified as 56-year-old Philip Kriegh, Sheriff's Office spokesman Tony Cipolla confirmed Friday.

Cipolla said coroner's investigators found that Kriegh was very ill and died of natural causes. His condition wasn't disclosed.

Police also suspect that exposure to the elements, with nighttime temperatures ranging in the 30s in the last week, may have also played a part.

Kriegh's body was found at a homeless encampment near Chalk Mountain Golf Course and Heilmann Park around 8 a.m. Sunday

Original story: A 56-year-old homeless man was found dead in Atascadero on Sunday at his encampment next to the water tower near Heilmann Park on the city’s south side, police confirmed Friday.

"Either he died of natural causes or he died from exposure, or he died from both," Sgt. Gregg Meyer said.

There is no evidence that he was the victim of a crime, police said.

The man, whose name and official cause of death have not yet been disclosed by the Sheriff’s Office, was a longtime resident of Atascadero who had been homeless for at least six years, Meyer said.

The community has a homeless shelter and a winter warming station for the homeless looking to stay out of the elements, but Meyer said the man typically didn’t seek out services and had an established encampment in the area.

Overnight lows in the North County have typically been in the 30s in recent days.

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