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Homeless man found dead

His body is found in a camp northeast of downtown.

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Police found a badly decomposed body Friday afternoon when they were called to a homeless camp nestled in a patch of woods northeast of downtown.

When officers arrived about 2 p.m., they found Charles Greenback dead in a makeshift tent. It wasn't immediately clear how he died, but there were no signs of foul play, Cpl. Phil Snow said.

The camp is situated along a gravel access road west of 900 E. Archer St. and is not visible from any public streets.

Greenback had settled there with at least two other homeless men, Snow said.

An early investigation revealed that Greenback had a medical condition and died of natural causes. The state Medical Examiner's Office in Tulsa will determine his official cause of death, Snow said.

Greenback's exact age wasn't available, but police said he was in his 40s.

A pack of about 15 feral dogs that lived at the camp hindered police and made it difficult for officers to approach Greenback's body, Snow said.

Animal Control workers seized about eight puppies and helped police keep the other dogs at bay.

Some officers wore gas masks to avoid strong odors at the camp, which was flanked by large piles of discarded bottles and rusty tin cans.

It was not clear when Greenback died, but his body's extensive decomposition indicated that he had been dead for several days, Snow said.

He was found by a friend who sometimes stayed at the camp.


Matt Barnard 581-8408

matt.barnard@tulsaworld.com SUBHEAD: His body is found in a camp northeast of downtown.

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