Athens-Clarke County police recently released the identity of a homeless found dead Tuesday outside a doctor’s office on Prince Avenue.
Jerome Clark called many places home in his 59 years, including Atlanta, Decatur and several locations in Athens.
Over the past several months; however, the homeless man spent his nights sleeping on the front porch of Prince Avenue Primary Care, and had his mail delivered to a post office box.
Employees at the office told Athens-Clarke County police that Clark would wait until they all left work for the night before bedding down at the building. He would be gone when the employees returned for work the next day, according to a police report obtained by the Athens Banner-Herald.
When a nurse practitioner arrived for work Tuesday morning, he noticed Clark had not left yet, as the man was slumped over in a rocking chair on the front porch, police said. The medical worker knew that Clark was dead, as rigor mortis had set in the lifeless body.
One police officer recognized Clark from having had frequent contacts with the man. According to local court records, Clark had a history of convictions, mostly for misdemeanor offenses, dating back to 1997. Police said when going through his belongings they found paperwork that included medications he was taking for undisclosed medical reasons.
He was not a patient at the office where he slept each night, police said.
The last person to see Clark alive was the office manager, to whom Clark waved at as she left work at about 6 p.m. Monday, police said.
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