- Associated Press - Monday, February 8, 2016

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Police appear to have resolved two unexplained Eugene deaths from late 2015.

Nicholas Sharpe, 21, and Michael Fuller Torrey, 53, died during a spike in homicides in the Eugene-Springfield area in the last seven months of 2015.

Eugene police say they’ve closed an investigation into Sharpe’s death, reported the Register-Guard (http://bit.ly/23T7ANX). They forwarded the case to the Lane County District Attorney’s Office, which determined there wasn’t enough evidence to charge anyone with a crime.

Police never explicitly said whether they believed Sharpe was a victim of homicide.

Sharpe was found seriously injured at his home on Sept. 5. He was taken to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center in Springfield, where he died. His official cause of death was “blunt force trauma due to impact with pavement,” according to Deputy District Attorney Erik Hasselman.

Police found Sharpe while responding to a report of “suspicious conditions” at his home. They declined to elaborate on what was suspicious.

Dispatch records show that police also visited the home about 12 hours earlier, responding to a 2 a.m. report of disorderly party. No arrests were made.

Police confirmed late last month that Michael Torrey’s Aug. 30 death was not a homicide. The homeless man was found lying on the ground with head trauma shortly after being released from a five-day stay in Lane County Jail. He was taken to a hospital and died a short time later.

Torrey had been charged with theft and driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Police referred questions about Torrey’s death to the Lane County medical examiner. According to Hasselman, the medical examiner ruled Torrey’s death an accident and said Torrey died from blunt force trauma to the head after a ground-level fall to the pavement.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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