A 50-year-old man was found deceased Monday in a tent where an acquaintance said he had lived for months behind a Derby Street building.
No foul play was suspected in the death, police Public Information Officer Billie Ingles said Tuesday.
An autopsy was performed Tuesday on Eric Klinkradt. Results are pending toxicology tests, according to the Tazewell County Coroner’s Office.
Kim Kirtley, who said her family had known Klinkradt for years, said he had been living in a makeshift tent between the former Pekin Roofing business at 901 Derby St. and a home he had once rented.
The man suffered from alcoholism, Kirtley said. “He was a good person, he just couldn’t stop drinking.”
Police were called at about 5 p.m. after the man was found unresponsive, Ingles said. The Illinois State Police also conducted a crime scene investigation, she said.
Kirtley said Klinkradt had worked at Pekin Roofing until its owner’s death last year and also performed work for another nearby business. Before the business closed last year he had listed it as his address, but Kirtley said he began living in the tent about six months ago.
“He made his choice,” declining options for help, she said.
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