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Man found dead at SLO bus stop identified

A bus stop on Madonna Road where Richard Kirkpatrick, 49, was found dead on July 28. The county coroner is still determining the cause of death but it is believed to be health-related.
A bus stop on Madonna Road where Richard Kirkpatrick, 49, was found dead on July 28. The county coroner is still determining the cause of death but it is believed to be health-related.

A 49-year-old man has been identified as the homeless person found dead at a bus stop in San Luis Obispo on Thursday morning.

San Luis Obispo police Lt. John Bledsoe said Richard Kirkpatrick was discovered unresponsive at the bus stop on Madonna Road after the department received a call about 9:45 a.m. last week. Efforts to revive Kirkpatrick were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead.

Bledsoe said Kirkpatrick probably died from a medical emergency, but an autopsy by the Sheriff’s coroner is still pending.

Bledsoe said Kirkpatrick was known to local police through several previous law enforcement contacts with him.

The delay in releasing his name was to notify his next of kin, Bledsoe said.

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