Police investigating another death at homeless campsite in North Lawrence

photo by: Kim Callahan/Journal-World

The city-run campsite for people experiencing homelessness is pictured Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023, in North Lawrence.

A death was reported Tuesday at the city-operated North Lawrence campsite for the homeless, according to a news release from the Lawrence Police Department.

According to the release, police and fire and medical personnel were called to the scene just after 8 p.m. Tuesday and found a 36-year-old woman unresponsive inside a tent, beyond life-saving measures. The release said investigators were on scene to determine whether there were any indications that a crime occurred, but that there were no immediate signs of foul play.

Two other people have died in the vicinity of the campsite since it opened, as the Journal-World has reported. A 53-year-old woman was found dead in her tent of a suspected alcohol-related illness and possible drug intoxication and hypothermia on Nov. 21, 2022, and a man at a nearby unsanctioned camp died on Dec. 30, 2022, of a combination of fentanyl, methamphetamine and kratom intoxication.


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