SLO County Roundup

Investigators working at the scene where a homeless man was found dead.
Investigators working at the scene where a homeless man was found dead.


Alzheimer’s Association activists Mel and Barbara Schwimmer of Cambria have been invited to ride on The Boomer Express float in the Rose Parade in Pasadena on Jan. 1.

Barbara Schwimmer is a third-generation Alzheimer’s patient who, as her disease allows, participates in association activities. Her husband also is an active advocate.

“It’s exciting,” Mel Schwimmer said, in part because “it’s another way for people to get involved, another way to increase the exposure” for the nonprofit health organization that funds research and provides support for Alzheimer’s patients and their families.

The train-themed float, a cooperative venture between the Alzheimer’s Association and the Pfizer drug company, is being created by Phoenix Floats designer Michelle Lofthouse.

The float will feature an elevated clock, an old-time steam engine and passenger car, and a floral banner reading “It’s time to face Alzheimer’s estimated 1 in 8 boomers at risk.”

— Kathe Tanner

San Luis Obispo

A man found dead Wednesday near the railroad tracks in San Luis Obispo likely died of natural causes, but police are still investigating the exact cause of his death.

According to police, the 55-year-old homeless man had been camping out near the tracks about 100 yards from the end of Industrial Way. Another camper found his body about 11 a.m., Lt. Steve Tolley said.

The man’s identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

It is not believed there were any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death, Tolley said.

Police had had prior contact with the man and knew him, Tolley said, but they didn’t know how long he’d been living locally.

Fellow campers said the man had health problems. Police aren’t being specific about what those are because of medical privacy laws.

— Nick Wilson