Police release name of man found dead Saturday

By Gus Bode

Cause of death still unknown

Police have released the name of a Carbondale man who was found dead Saturday morning in a creek near a bicycle path between College Street and Grand Avenue.

Police said the body of Eric T. Perry, 44, 1111 E. College St. Apt. C, was found at about 10:45 a.m. in Piles Fork Creek along a bicycle path about one-half block from the Carbondale Police Department, 610 E. College St. Police said a person saw the body after sitting at a table next to the location. The cause of death has not been determined and an autopsy was scheduled for Monday afternoon.

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Officer Dan Reid of Carbondale Police said investigators believe Perry died at the location, and there is no indication of foul play. It is not known when Perry was last seen, and the time of death has not been established pending an autopsy.

Witnesses at the scene said it was unusual that Perry was found without his bicycle that he often rode it because of problems with his leg. Brian Giffin, a friend and neighbor of the deceased, said he believed a reflector found at the scene was Perry’s. Reid said the bicycle may have been located Monday afternoon.

Another 44-year-old Carbondale man was found dead at about the same location in April 2001. Thomas Cameron was found dead near the water’s edge next to the same table.

“[Cameron] looked as if he was sitting at the table and fell out,” Reid said.

The Jackson County Coroner’s office determined Cameron died of natural causes.

Police are asking anyone who used the bicycle path or saw Perry after 4 p.m. Friday to call the investigations division at 457-3200 or Carbondale Crime Stoppers at 549-COPS.

Reporter Greg Cima can be reached at [email protected]

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