Four members of Boise’s homeless community have died in the past week, leaving advocates and those experiencing homelessness concerned, writes Idaho Press reporter Margaret Carmel. Three Boiseans associated with the homeless community were found dead on the streets within blocks of each other downtown since last Tuesday, and a fourth was discovered at Boise Rescue Misson’s River of Life Shelter early Monday morning.
All four deaths are pending toxicology reports from the Ada County Coroner, but foul play is not suspected in any of the cases.
Rose Jarvis, 61, was found at 14th Street and Grand Avenue around mid-day on June 25, according to Interfaith Sanctuary Executive Director Jodi Peterson. Jarvis has an apartment, but Peterson said she frequently returned to the shelters to see friends. Three days later, 21-year-old Nicholas Olsen, of Meridian, was found underneath the Interstate 184 Connector at Rhodes Skatepark, which was followed by the death of Christopher Weedman, 59, on June 30 in the alley of Cooper Court near day shelter Corpus Christi House. Around 3 a.m. Monday morning, Nathaniel Gaver was found dead at River of Life.
Peterson identified all four individuals as either current or recent members of the homeless community, although not all of them were currently staying at the shelter she operates. You can read Carmel's full report here at idahopress.com (subscription required), or pick up today's edition of the Idaho Press.