Local homeless man found deceased in Murfreesboro

Jan 13, 2022 at 04:14 pm by WGNS

2016 Photo of Kevin Wade by Scott Walker, taken after he received several boxes of Girl Scout Cookies... thanks to a Girl Scout Troop that donated the cookies for homeless in our area.

A homeless man was found deceased in Murfreesboro on Wednesday, January 12, 2022.

The Murfreesboro Police Department confirmed that officers responded to the area of 173 Bridge Ave in reference to a welfare check on Wednesday morning around 11.  Upon their arrival, officers discovered the lifeless body of a man identified as Kevin Wade. The 52-year-old man was located under a bridge near the CSX railroad tracks. 

Rutherford County Emergency Medical Service personnel responded and confirmed that Mr. Wade was deceased. 

While autopsy reports will not be available for quite some time, the low temperatures over the past few nights and mornings has been dangerously cold, especially for those living in the elements. On the morning of his death, the low was recorded at 25-degrees with a windchill that made the temperature feel like 21-degrees. The previous night had a windchill of 18-degrees.

MPD confirmed an autopsy has been requested.  The medical examiner’s office will make a determination as to the exact cause of death after the autopsy is complete.

Mr. Wade died just 37-days before his 53rd birthday (02/18/1969 - 01/12/2022). 

More on Wade

Many who knew Wade, knew him as a quiet, yet intellectual individual who battled schizophrenia as best he could. Several people who called Wade a friend said that he would often recite Bible verses when he was plagued with voices that existed only in his head.

He was also a U.S. Army veteran, according to WGNS' Scott Walker who took Wade to several doctor appointments at the York VA Medical Center in years past.

Walker said that Wade once told him, “I have a daughter, but have not seen her.” When asked why, Wade stated, “I don't know if she knows who I am and I don't want to cause her problems with my own problems.”

Scroll down to see what the temperatures were in Murfreesboro, TN over the past 10-days...

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Temperatures over the past 10 nights / mornings in Murfreesboro, TN:

• MON. JAN 3, 2022 - Temps saw a low of 28-degrees, but the windchill made it feel like 18-degrees.
• TUE. JAN 4, 2022 - Temps saw a low of 21-degrees, but windchill made it feel like 21-degrees.
• WED. JAN 5, 2022 - Temps saw a low of 39-degrees, but the windchill made it feel like 34-degrees.
• THUR. JAN 6, 2022 - Temps saw a low of 21-degrees, but windchill made it feel like 12-degrees.
• FRI. JAN 7, 2022 - Temps saw a low of 7-degrees, but windchill made it feel like 0-degrees.
• SAT. JAN 8, 2022 - Temps saw a low of 10-degrees, but windchill made it feel like 1-degree.
• SUN. JAN 9, 2022 - Temps saw a low of 39-degrees, but windchill made it feel like 30-degrees.
• MON. JAN 10, 2022 - Temps saw a low of 27-degrees, but windchill made it feel like 21-degrees.
• TUE. JAN 11, 2022 - Temps saw a low of 23-degrees, but windchill made it feel like 18-degrees.
• WED. JAN 12, 2022 - Temps saw a low of 25-degrees, but windchill made it feel like 21-degrees.

 

Campsite of Mr. Wade was once the campsite of Mr. Walney

Reports indicate another man died in the same area in 2018.

Looking back, 53-year-old Lee Earnest Walney was found deceased in the same area in August of 2018.  Like Wade, Mr. Walney was also homeless and lived under the bridge that is within eyesight of the West Main Street railroad crossing. See a past story on Mr. Walney HERE.

 

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