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Dead man at Occupy SLC camp Identified by police

Dead man at Occupy SLC camp Identified by police

By Emiley Morgan | Posted - Nov. 15, 2011 at 3:20 p.m.


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SALT LAKE CITY — The man who was found dead in Pioneer Park on Friday has been identified as Michael Manhard.

The death of the 42-year-old man led to the eviction of those with the Occupy Salt Lake City movement who had been camping in the park since Oct. 6. The group has been allowed to continue with their protest, but the city has stopped issuing overnight free speech camping permits.

Salt Lake police officers arrested 19 people Saturday when they went to take down the camp, but it was a largely peaceful operation.

Manhard was found dead in a tent Friday morning. It appeared his death was a combination of carbon monoxide poisoning and a drug overdose. Police identified the man Monday after notifying the man's family.

Members of the Occupy Salt Lake City movement posted a video on the website YouTube titled: "His Name Was Mike" and said that Manhard was homeless, but was "a very contributive person to the camp," according to Seth Walker.

Three people on the video reiterated that Manhard was a human being with family and friends. "He was one of us … and we're not going to forget him," a woman who identified herself as Sharon Ann Wade said.

Email:emorgan@ksl.com

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