St. Elizabeths patient found dead in D.C. snow

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A patient of the District’s psychiatric hospital was found dead in the snow Thursday.

The man, who has not been identified, was discovered on a sidewalk in the 2400 block of Shannon Place Southeast around 1 p.m., according to D.C. police.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray said the man had been a patient of St. Elizabeths Hospital, which is located about 2 miles from the site where the man was found.

“He had wandered away from there several days ago,” Mr. Gray told CNN on Thursday.

The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the death. Spokesman Officer Hugh Carew said preliminarily that no foul play was suspected but an autopsy would be conducted to determine the cause of the man’s death.

St. Elizabeths is the city’s public psychiatric facility for individuals with serious mental illness and also performs court-ordered mental evaluations.

It was not immediately known how long the man had been laying in the snow before emergency responders were called to the scene.

A spokesperson for St. Elizabeths could not be reached for comment late Thursday.

City agencies had stepped up outreach to the homeless on account of the winter storm that blanketed the region in up to 18 inches of snow Wednesday and Thursday. Warming centers were opened at a number of recreation centers and other city facilities across the District.

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