Coroner: Homeless man may have died in sub-zero temps

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Indianapolis Metro Police officers are investigating the death of a 43-year-old man on the Indianapolis east side.

The man's body was discovered near the intersection of Koweba Lane and Washington Street just before 8:00 am Friday.

The Marion County coroner's office believes the man, identified as Sam Nutter, may have frozen to death during the sub-zero temperatures this week.

The coroner believes the man was part of a homeless camp where people stayed in tents, and that he refused to seek shelter from the cold.

Nutter was clothed, but was not wearing a coat, according to the coroner. He was found inside of a tent and no form of heat was found in the tent.

The coroner's office wants to hear from any outreach groups that may know of locations frequented by homeless people and groups so they can conduct welfare checks to prevent any further tragedies.

That brings weather-related deaths in our area to five this winter.