A dead body was located in downtown Mountain View late Tuesday morning, according to Mountain View fire officials.
Police and fire crews received a report around 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 12 of a possible dead person at 471 Castro Street near Valley View Dental Care office, according to fire spokesman Lynn Brown.
Officers determined that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death, and the body was picked up by the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office, Brown said. On Wednesday morning, a spokesperson for the coroner's office said the identity has not yet been released, pending notification of the next-of-kin.
No additional details are being released, Brown said.
Ben Dodson, who works at a nearby office, told the Voice he believes it was a homeless man who frequently slept in that location. Dodson said he often saw an older man who would sleep in a sleeping bag in the courtyard area just outside of the dentist office, tucked away in a corner behind a tree.
Around 9:30, Dodson said he heard "upset yelling" from the area where the homeless man slept, and later found that a number of police had gathered in the courtyard area. That's when he noticed the man in the sleeping bag was still lying there, he said.
"He was a respectful guy," Dodson said. "We never had problems with him. We gave him his space and he gave us ours."
Updates to the story will be posted as they become available.