They died just out of sight: In the wooded area behind Krieg fields in Southeast Austin; in the drainage ditch outside a North Austin Jiffy Lube; suspended in the branches of a Williamson Creek tree.
City officials warn that up to 50 percent of chronically homeless people are at risk of premature death, according to recent studies. In Austin, that means about 300 people live with that increased risk every day.
To find out how the region’s homeless people are dying, the American-Statesman and Noticias Univision 62 reviewed each of the 77 Travis County medical examiner death reports for what it terms “transient” residents for 2013 and 2014, the last two years full data were available. Most of the deaths examined happened in the Austin area, but six were outside the county and happened in places as close as Pflugerville and as far as Victoria.