Man found dead in Lexington on day of yearly homeless count

Death investigation on Grey Lag Way (WKYT)
Death investigation on Grey Lag Way (WKYT)(WKYT)
Published: Jan. 29, 2020 at 8:54 AM EST
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Lexington police are working with the Fayette County Coroner's Office as they investigate a man's death.

The man was found around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in a woodline off Sir Barton Way near the gas station in front of Walmart.

Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn said it initially seemed like the man died from cold temperatures the night before.

"It doesn't even have to be freezing if a person is out in the cold for an extended period of time," Gin said.

The coroner told WKYT the victim was homeless.

The news of this death comes just before the Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention conducts its annual count of the number of homeless in Lexington Wednesday.

Volunteers look for people who are unsheltered, in emergency shelters, and in transitional housing.

Director Polly Ruddick said that it's her organization's mission to help identify and give resources to those living on the streets.

"No one in this community should have to sleep outside and finding our mission of my office is to make homelessness rare, brief and non-re-occurring," Ruddick said.

In 2019, the number of homeless in the Lexington area totaled 787. Ruddick says she hopes that number drops closer to 750.

Ruddick said any new volunteers who want to help with the count should show up at Heritage Baptist Church in Lexington around 7:45 Wednesday night.

Lexington police said the area where the man was found dead is a popular place for the homeless to set up camps.