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Man found dead at Pinellas homeless shelter

LARGO — A homeless man was found dead Saturday morning at the Pinellas Safe Harbor shelter, authorities said.

The man, whose identity has not yet been released, didn't respond when a shelter worker went to wake him up for breakfast, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Staff members performed CPR until paramedics arrived, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. He was 47.

"Responding deputies say there is no obvious evidence of foul play, wounds or other trauma," Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Marianne Pasha said.

On Friday night, the man was escorted to the covered outdoor courtyard to sleep after he began acting disruptive, deputies said. He was given a portable bed and a blanket.

The shelter, located near the county jail, opened early this year as an alternative for non-violent offenders.

The man had registered at the shelter on Aug. 18 and had routinely stayed there since, officials said.

The medical examiner will determine a cause of death.

Man found dead at Pinellas homeless shelter 08/27/11 [Last modified: Saturday, August 27, 2011 8:00pm]
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