Published: February 18, 2014
Eddie Irons was known to Colorado Springs police as a mild-mannered man who turned down every offer for help or shelter.
Irons, 53, was identified Tuesday by the El Paso County Coroner's Office as the man whose body was found Sunday under a bridge.
"We knew him quite well for the last four years, he was a real nice guy," said Officer Brett Iverson with the Colorado Springs police Homeless Outreach Team. "But he didn't really like being around people, so he was usually off on his own."
Irons' body was reported by a passerby Sunday morning near Interstate 25 and Tejon Street, south of Dorchester Park and Fountain Creek.
Police and the coroner's office confirmed the death was not considered suspicious, but did not provide information on what caused it.
Irons' ties to Colorado Springs were unclear and he never mentioned family in the area, Iverson said. It wasn't unusual for him to disappear for extended periods of time, then come back to town when he needed to earn some money.
"Eddie was one of the guys we really liked talking to. It's sad that he never wanted help, or to go to a shelter," Iverson said. "Once he disappeared for almost a year and he'd gone west to the national forest area."
A family member from California positively identified Irons and claimed his body, said coroner's office spokeswoman Sandy Way.