Naked man in Thompson Creek spurs reports at site |

Naked man in Thompson Creek spurs reports at site

A half-naked and sometimes fully naked man spotted Sunday night and Monday in the Thompson Creek area may be struggling with mental-health issues, a Pitkin County sheriff’s deputy said.

The 35-year-old Front Range man first came to deputies’ attention about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, when a camper at a Thompson Creek campsite reported that a man wearing only gray sweatpants got into the backseat of some campers’ car, Deputy Michael Buglione said.

The campers’ dog escaped because of it, and the call came in as a person trying to steal the dog, though that was not the case, he said. The man startled the campers but soon got out of the car and left, Buglione said.

Then about 11 a.m., employees of the Pitkin County Road and Bridge Department reported seeing a man wearing only a red hoodie sweatshirt in the same area, Buglione said.

Buglione and another deputy drove to the South Thompson Creek area after Monday’s report and found the man lying fully naked next to the road “waving a stick in the air” and making “nonsensical” comments, he said. The man asked the deputies for water and they gave him two bottles, then asked him to promise to remain clothed, Buglione said.

“He gave us the thumbs up,” he said.

The man is camping in the area and has both a vehicle and food, said Buglione, who was attempting to contact one of the man’s family members to let them know his whereabouts. He said the man didn’t appear to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and that he was likely suffering from a form of mental illness.

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