Body of man found in tent ID’d |

Body of man found in tent ID’d

FRISCO – Summit County Coroner Joanne Richardson has identified the man whose body was found in a tent near the County Commons last month as Jacob Neal, 47.

Two men walking near the bike path in Frisco found the tent and Neal’s body May 20. He only had one piece of identification – from the Army – in his wallet, and Richardson wanted to find corroborating evidence and locate Neal’s family before releasing the name.

Initially, she estimated it would take up to 10 weeks to obtain that verification. Neal recently visited a Veteran’s Administration hospital, but those records had been purged to hard copy and put in storage. Hospital administrators told Richardson it could take up to 10 weeks for an archivist to locate them.

According to Richardson, Triena Harper of the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office was able to obtain a viable fingerprint from Neal’s hand and match it with a driver’s license print.

Richardson still has not located the next of kin, although she knows he grew up in New Hampshire and was in the Army’s 101st Airborne Division.

The man’s body might be eligible for a free burial at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver through the national cemetery’s “dignity program,” which provides such services for homeless veterans.

Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 228 or

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