Transient death near Lake Manawa said to be from natural causes


March 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The body of a homeless man who was found in the woods near Lake Manawa Tuesday afternoon has been identified. Authorites told the Daily NonPareil 52-year old Kelly Carroll, a transient, died from natural causes.  Sgt. Dave Dawson with the Council Bluffs Police Department told the paper the state Medical Examiner’s Office wouldn’t have a full report for a few weeks, but preliminary information shows what police originally suspected, that the death was not suspicious in nature.

A Council Bluffs Police officer found Carroll’s skeletal remains while chasing a suspected shoplifter near the Manawa Centre and Metro Crossing, on the city’s southeast side. When the suspect ran into the woods, an officer discovered Carroll in a tent which had the top blown off. The area where the tent was located was a popular site for transients.