LONGMONT, Colo. - Police say a woman found dead Wednesday afternoon by a concrete drainage ditch in Longmont's Kensington Park may be a homeless person who succumbed to cold weather.
"From the initial information we received, it appears that this is potentially a transient weather-related incident," Longmont Police Cmdr. Jeff Satur told the Times-Call. "We need to make sure."
The cause and manner of death are pending further investigation by police and the Boulder County Coroner's Office, Satur said in a news release.
"We do not believe there is any danger to the community," Satur said.
Police were called to the park just before 2 p.m. Wednesday on a report of a woman lying near a ditch.
The deceased woman was clothed and lying near the edge of the water-filled ditch where it goes under a street overpass, Satur said.
A mountain bike at the scene belonged a man who found the body and reported it, police said. He was a friend of the woman who had last spoken to her on Tuesday.
Satur said the woman's name would not be released until after the coroner has notified her family members.
The woman's death comes just two days after the OUR Center closed its overnight warming center for the homeless in order to redirect funds toward self-sufficiency programs, the Times-Call reported. However, a local faith-based organization increased capacity at its warming centers and has nightly pick-ups at the Longmont Safety and Justice Center.