Man found in southwest Memphis vacant lot died of hypothermia

Man found in southwest Memphis vacant lot died of hypothermia

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A Shelby County forensics team was in Southwest Memphis on Thursday morning where police found a man's body in a field off Horn Lake Road around 7 a.m.

Shelby County Health Department officials confirm that hypothermia was the cause of death. Carnell Turner believes the body is that of his childhood friend.

"I don't know what to think because I'm not sure yet that it is him," said Turner.

A cold weather advisory was issued as temperatures dipped into the teens on Wednesday night. Turner said several homeless men frequent the area where the man was found.

"Well it's kind of a vacant lot and the guys, like in a lot of neighborhoods, they huddle up and talk," said Turner.

There have been at least 10 weather-related deaths in Tennessee. On Jackson Avenue, behind an abandoned building where a 48-year-old man was found dead in the cold Wednesday, someone left a balloon and teddy bears where his body was found.

Turner is praying that the man found in the field is not his friend and hopes others in the area find shelter from the cold.

"He's not the only one who walks up and down here from time to time and you know sometimes that's all you can do for them is pray for them and help them the best you can," said Turner.

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