Austin, TX – People living in a homeless camp near the area where a body was found are being forced to move.
The body of 27-year old Tasha Morrison was found on the 8800 block of I-35 on Monday.
Kelly Dubose, who lives in a nearby camp, found Morrison’s body about 20-yards off the road. Now, Dubose and about a dozen other people are being forced to leave the camp.
“I moved in with my mother about a year ago to help her, she’s going through some medical issues and during that time her house actually burned down, six months ago and we had nowhere to go,” Dubose said.
So Dubose ended up at the camp. “It seems like once you get into this position, you get trapped here almost.”
Others joined the camp, including Bridgette Fuller, who showed us her living area.
But now those living in this homeless camp are being forced to leave.
“We know that the APD district representative has been working with the land owners in that area to get them moved off the land,” says APD Sgt. Brian Miller,
People living in homeless camps could face fines of up to $500.
In August of 2013, we showed you the Austin police department’s efforts to clear similar camps.
Dubose says they don’t know where they will go and for now they are “just giving it to God.”
Police say everyone who lives in the camp is cooperating with investigators about the death of 27-year old Tasha Morrison.
At this point, there are no suspects in the case. So far there is no firm date on when the people at the camp have to leave.
An Austin police department representative says they will send a team of people from different agencies to offer assistance to the people living at the camp before that date.
By: Lydia Pantazes
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