Update| Homeless Man Dies Under Bridge

By: AP (posted by Greg Palmer)
By: AP (posted by Greg Palmer)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Wichita police say the homeless man who apparently froze to death has been identified as 61-year-old Donald L. Hipsher. Officials say Hipsher had refused several offers of help in the past because he didn't want to go to a shelter.

Hipsher was found dead under a bridge Sunday afternoon. An official cause of death will be determined by an autopsy.

Officer Nate Schwiethale says police had repeatedly asked the man to go to a shelter but he resisted because he didn't want to be confined. Schwiethale is one of three Wichita officers who try to direct homeless people to agencies that can help them.

He was the 10th homeless person known to have died in Wichita this year.

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