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A woman was found dead Tuesday afternoon by Albany police near Albany Helping Hands homeless shelter, but the death is not considered suspicious.

An Albany police officer found Myra Turner, 50, in a sleeping bag on the grass east of Helping Hands, 619 Ninth Ave. S.E., a spot where homeless people frequently spend the night, according to Police Department reports.

Turner was seen by the officer earlier in the morning, and he checked on her when he saw her again at about 12:40 p.m.

A person staying at the shelter told police that Turner, who had health issues, was very intoxicated on Monday night and was turned away from the facility.

Albany Helping Hands does not allow drug or alcohol use, or intoxicated people.

“They didn’t help her. They didn’t give her water or anything. ... That poor woman,” said Angela Clark, a woman who is staying at the shelter.

Dan Kress, executive director of Albany Helping Hands, said Turner was hanging out in the smoking area of the facility and then wandered off.

“She didn’t even ask to check in. ... She wasn’t a guest here and she wasn’t turned away from here. We try to help those we can,” Kress said. However, he added, Turner might not have been admitted even if she had requested.

“We do require people that check in here to be clean and sober, because we have people here in recovery,” Kress said.

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Kyle Odegard covers public safety for the D-H. He can be contacted at 541-812-6077 or kyle.odegard@lee.net.

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