Man found dead off Route 101 in Keene believed part of homeless group who endured summer in the woodsBy DAMIEN FISHER
Union Leader Correspondent
October 08. 2018 3:25PM
KEENE — The death of a homeless man whose body was discovered in the woods off Route 101 near Main Street over the weekend is under investigation.
Police were contacted Saturday afternoon after discovery of the body of a middle aged man who’s identity has yet to be made public.
The New Hampshire Medical Examiner has yet to determine the manner and cause of death, but foul play does not appear to have played a part and police say there is no apparent ongoing threat to the public.
The man is believed to have been living in the woods with other homeless people, according to police.
Mindy Cambiar, executive director of the 100 Night’s Shelter in Keene’s downtown, says it was a tough summer to be homeless.
The extreme heat and humidity over the summer left many living outdoors in moldy clothes and tents. It left them exposed to heat strokes and other maladies, she said.
“Nothing was drying out,” said Cambiar. “I’ve been worried about them all summer.”
The 100 Nights Shelter is only open from the end of December to the end of March. That leaves the homeless to fend for themselves most of the year.
The Keene area has a chronic shortage of shelter for the homeless, according to Cambiar.
“There is not enough affordable housing,” she said.
Last year, 100 Nights helped more than 200 people with a place to sleep in its 26-bed shelter. A local church donates space for another eight beds for overflow, Cambiar said.
Keene’s Southwestern Community Services also operates a men’s homeless shelter and a shelter for women and families that is open year round.
100 Nights Shelter’s resource center on Lamson Street that opened over the summer connects the homeless with available service, benefits and options, according to Cambiar.