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Posted on Sun, Jun 10, 2012 : 4:53 p.m.

Homeless man found dead at Camp Take Notice

By Sven Gustafson

Police are investigating the death of a camper Sunday at the homeless encampment Camp Take Notice.

Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derrick Jackson said someone called 9-1-1 at 12:23 p.m. after a fellow camper found the man lying motionless and not breathing inside his own tent. Ambulance personnel pronounced the man dead at the scene.

Police have identified the man’s name but won’t release it until they can identify next of kin to notify them, Jackson said. He is believed to be in his early 40s.

Foul play is not suspected in the death. Officials believe the man had not been dead long.

Camp Take Notice is an outdoor, self-governed camp located in Scio Township, between Jackson and Dexter-Ann Arbor roads off of Wagner Road near M-14 on a Michigan Department of Transportation right of way. The encampment typically houses between 30 and 40 tents, Jackson said; a recent count identified 45.

MDOT recently told camp residents they have until June 22 to vacate the property but is offering residents subsidies from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

Contact freelancer Sven Gustafson at sventg123(at)gmail(dot)com, or follow him on Twitter.



Mon, Jun 11, 2012 : 12:28 a.m.

definition self-government [self?gav?m?nt] government by the people of the country without outside control. So why is MDOT telling them they need to leave by June 22? Are they invading this new country? Cool to see a war in our backyard on the 22nd. Lawyers please explain and of course bill your time on my hard earned taxes to MDOT..

Deb Anderson

Mon, Jun 11, 2012 : 12:09 a.m.

A tragedy here for all the living and the dead.


Sun, Jun 10, 2012 : 11:49 p.m.

Obviously a sad outcome. A "camper"? This isn't Varsity Day Camp and it isn't a joke. An illegal encampment between two lanes of a major highway in someone's neighborhood should have been dealt with a long time ago.

West of Main

Sun, Jun 10, 2012 : 11:22 p.m.

The jig's up, CTN.

Ricardo Queso

Sun, Jun 10, 2012 : 10:13 p.m.

An inevitable outcome.


Sun, Jun 10, 2012 : 9:20 p.m.

Whether you're for or against, it's always sad to hear someone pass away.