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Since Saturday, four people have been found dead in Spokane in public areas

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 11, 2017, 10:05 a.m.

Investigators look over the embankment from Sprague Avenue, under the Hamilton overpass, at a dead body found in that area Monday, Aug. 7, 2017. The area below the overpass is often used by homeless people for camping. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Investigators look over the embankment from Sprague Avenue, under the Hamilton overpass, at a dead body found in that area Monday, Aug. 7, 2017. The area below the overpass is often used by homeless people for camping. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Four people – two who were known to be homeless, and one who was known to use homeless safety nets in the past – have turned up dead since Saturday, all of their bodies found in public areas.

Carey Farnsworth, 46, was found Saturday in Cannon Park, according to information from the Spokane Police Department. She died of pulmonary artery thromboembolism – more colloquially known as a blood clot – according to the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Officer John O’Brien, police spokesman, said Farnsworth was part of a “family” of transients who slept in the park.

“It’s believed the person who passed had some underlying medical conditions,” he said Thursday.

Also Saturday, police found Kent Willcocks, 55, near Third Avenue and Arthur Street next to the Interstate 90 overpass. Cause of death is pending a toxicology report, the medical examiner wrote.

O’Brien said the death “does not appear to be suspicious in nature.” He said the person was homeless.

Monday afternoon, police were called to the area underneath the Hamilton Street I-90 exit, where they found Wayne Robbins, 55. According to the medical examiner, he died of “multiple bilateral rib fractures due to blunt impact to chest.” His manner of death is “pending.” Police said Monday it appeared accidental.

The Union Gospel Mission, near where Robbins’ body was found, confirmed he had stayed at the shelter in the past.



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