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11/26/2012 12:50:00 PM
UPDATE: Man found dead behind convenience store in Prescott
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UPDATE: According to Prescott Police Department spokesman Lt. Ken Morley, the deceased man discovered behind the convenience store on Thanksgiving was 34 year-old Otis Clark. An autopsy was preformed Sunday at the Yavapai County Medical Examiners Office and the preliminary findings indicate the cause of death was exposure. There is no indication of any criminal act and toxicology will be performed. Mr. Clark's next of kin was notified in Louisiana.

A man's partially clothed body was found behind a convenience store in the 400 block of South Montezuma Street at 7 a.m. Thursday after another man saw it while taking his morning walk.

The identity of the Caucasian male in his mid-thirties has not been confirmed, but it is believed he is the same man who has been camping behind the store for the past several weeks, Prescott Police Lt. Ken Morley said.

As Prescott police investigators processed the scene they saw no obvious signs of trauma during a preliminary examination, and the cause of the man's death is unknown, Morley said.

The man's identity will not be released until his next of kin have been notified, Morley said.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, January 04, 2014
Article comment by: Jennifer Clark/ Kaylor

My name is Jennifer Clark Kaylor, I want to speak on behalf off my brother. Otis Clark Jr meant so much to so many people.Our family will never be the same without him here. It happened over a year ago and this is the first time I've really spoke of it. He was always happy and smiling. Most people in the world today never understood what he had to be so happy about even me at times. He wasn't a wino or a junky. He was someone that made this world bearable. I'm proud to say he is my big brother, i luv u and miss u everyday. To the so called concerned citizen I thought u should know a little about him before u judged him its self -righteous people like u who never gave him a chance. I feel sorry for you and I will pray for you. I hope you give people the benefit of the doubt in the future, they.might surprise you., he would have. Love you Op my life is better because of you. I wish you could have meet my new baby girl, Anna Marie Kaylor. I will tell her about you every chance I get. I love you!

Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012
Article comment by: Just Passing Through

To "there is no is no excuse"...I stand corrected...I apologize for taking your statement wrong...The Lord bless you my friend!
If you will reread my statement you will see that I included myself in the questions...and they were not all aimed at you! It was merely questions of the heart that prayerfully would open the hearts of those who read this comment section.
The Lord knows the things that all of us have done along the way to pick our fellow man up. He is the only One that it matters to.
Many of us know the True meaning of Christmas and the Gift that never stops giving, Jesus the Christ...
Thank you for your servants heart to the the homeless and down trodden...pray the Lord to bless and keep you in all your endeavers.

Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012
Article comment by: Chris Robinson

This man was like my brother....I've known him since we were kids and this is tragedy. He wasn't homeless..he was helpless...this was no way for him or anyone else to die. His friends and family are grief stricken and to the ones who just assume the worst sitting in front of your computers with your warm fire lit while you over eat ,pass judgement,and most likely got a few bad habits of your own...wake up and see that he is a product of our society,the society that you and I either give or take away from..this ain't about being homeless...its called circumstances...and you me or anybody could find ourselves in before we even know it. You only see the choices people make and not what the selection was that they had to choose want to see less of this???....Start with your own children and teach them some things that will be practiced and carried on so they can pass it on as well...then your love lives on through them forever....embrace the struggle we call life and out love one another. Opie Clark was an amazing musical talent,brother,son,uncle ,spirit ,and friend and I am proud to say I knew him and I will try not to focus on how he died but remember how he lived....We all love and miss you my brother.....C.Robinson

Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Article comment by: @ concerned citizen

@"concerned citizen" "O you of little faith"

Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Article comment by: concerned citizen

Wino...thank you for your service to our country. To others, there are many resources out there to help the homeless even resources to help the homeless eventually obtain a job even help to get back on their feet. You have to use discernment when dealing with homelessness. Addicts are dangerous to be around. So offer them love and prayer, but use your discernment before you let them in your home or pick them up on the highway. Some have a warrant against them. Churches and other organizations offer a way to help them without making a dangerous situation.

Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Article comment by: There is no excuse for this death

TO: "JUST PASSING THROUGH" . . . . . FYI: Friends and me served 12 homeless people on Thanksgiving Day in my home. . . . . . We held a foot washing ceremony {washing their feet like Jesus had done}. . . . . I have served many hot sandwiches to the homeless without judgment with love and acceptance. . . . . I have no DVD's, CD's, Ipods, video equipment, cell phones, computers or TV's. . . . . . If Jesus the Christ were real to the church people they would take in the homeless no matter what condition they were in because this is WHAT JESUS WOULD DO! . . .. . I am more than aware of the workings of most churches in the tri - city region I serve from them along with the Salvation Army, St. Vincent's, Yavapai Food Bank. And the last time you spent hours on end listening to the horrific stories of war from a homeless VET was when?
Merry Christmas to you too and I hope you learn what this season is really about.....
The death of this man is heartbreaking and I pray he is at peace with the angels because his life here on earth was a hell.

Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Article comment by: Just Passing Through

To Wino...."Thank You" for your service to your country and fellow man. Our service men and women have given so much over the years. As a military mom my heart has and is always for our troops.
It is so sad to know that here in America this day we have over 10,000 homeless vets. They have given their all then come home to a country that can offer them almost nothing. Not because we don't desire this time our country doesn't have the jobs as well as the assets to help them along.
This has happened also in years gone by!
To put the churches at fault is beyond many throughout our land do open their go out and open crocks and tins of hot steaming food for the less fortunate...but most of all...they open their hearts and embrace with warm arms.
My question is...when was the last time "there's no excuse for this death" did you open your home? Or stop along the highway and offer someone that hot sandwich you just picked up along the way...or even a drink of water? When was the last time you gave up a day with family and friends to stand with those serving in the food line? Or even possibly the time you gave up purchasing that new video game and instead donated that amount to a shelter that strives to keep it's doors open?
The senerio goes's the little things we can do and put together that can make a cause to grow and help others.
Is my heart only for the "homeless Vets"...No! I have seen young men and women that's been away from home for years and just don't know how to mend the fences that would lead them back to safety and love. There are young families living out of cars and on the streets...they don't have the means or the skills to dig themselves out of the pits of hell.
Then yes there are those who chose this way of life...fighting their own inward battles and demons that hold them captive.
Am I passionate about this? heart for all these people has only been stepped up a notch by reading this article and responses...I ask myself the same questions I just asked anyone that reads this I pass the test? No...time to get back into the real world we live in.
For all of us...if we would just take one day or even a moment out of our celebrations and dedicate it to a worthy cause we would all benefit from it.
Again..."Thanks to all our Military Men and Women of tomorrow"
Wino...I've always felt by your comments on some things that you were a Vet...just know there are those who recognize the fruits of your diligence.
I wish all a Blessed Christimas...

Posted: Monday, November 26, 2012
Article comment by: Stars Prescott

Shelters and churches will not allow anyone under the influence to stay therefore addicts choose the alternative. If they allow drunk or stoned people in they invite severe consequences so one must be sober to get shelter. My brother has been homeless for may years yet he always has a home to come to if he is sober. Many years of rehab and interventions have proven futile....his choice is homelessness, he treats it like a badge of honor...his camaraderie is with others like him. He is mentally ill and yet he is free to legally destroy his own life, refuse any help, refuses comforts in lieu of alcohol. Seriously, most do not have to be the sense of living on the street that is....hey choose drugs and alcohol over everything else.

Posted: Monday, November 26, 2012
Article comment by: There is no excuse for this death!

We have hundreds of churches in the tri - city region. There shouldn't be any reason whatsoever for anyone to die as a result of homelessness. No matter what his state of mind is {or isn't} this shouldn't be happening! What a shame!

Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2012
Article comment by: E.a Baughman

Rest in peace Opi

Posted: Saturday, November 24, 2012
Article comment by: the wino

a vietnam veteran

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