Two homeless men have died in Santa Cruz this week, police reported. Neither death is being considered suspicious, but the cause of both deaths remains under investigation by the Coroner’s Office.
The identities of the men have not been released, pending notification of their relatives.
The first man was found dead behind the old Wienerschnitzel building on the 800 block of Soquel Avenue just before 7 a.m. Tuesday, police reported. The man, who was 51 years old, may have died of a head injury, police reported. Investigators said his death was likely accidental and that he likely fell while trespassing into a camp in the area. Police also said the man had a history of arrests.
The second man, who was 52, was found seriously injured in the road near the corner of Front Street and Pacific Avenue around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, police reported. He had “significant injuries” and was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to police. Apparently, the man fell from an unofficial pedestrian path that leads from Third Street to Front and Pacific, according to police. Officers reported that the man had a sleeping bag with him and may have been planning to camp in the area.