Coroner: Death of man found under bridge due to drug, alcohol use

Published: Jan. 14, 2017 at 5:34 PM MST
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The El Paso County coroner says a man found dead near a creek died from alcohol and drug use.

Mark Hazlett had used cocaine and meth shortly before his death and was also drunk at the time, according to the autopsy and toxicology results.

The Colorado Springs Police Department released the findings Tuesday.

The body of 51-year-old Mark Hazlett was found in mid-January near a creek off I-25 and South Nevada.

"Officers from the Gold Hills division were dispatched to the intersection on a report of a dead body under the bridge. Upon arrival, officers did in fact find an adult male who was deceased at the scene," CSPD spokesperson Lt. Howard Black told 11 News.

There were no visible signs of injury, but due to information gleaned during interviews, the death was treated as suspicious.

"During the interview process, there is some concern based on activities that occurred the night before," Black said.

Police said Tuesday that the death had been ruled accidental.

The Police Department believes Hazlett was living in the homeless camp located near where his body was found.

Early on in the investigation, Black told 11 News it is important to investigators to get answers.

"Every death, we owe it to that individual and to the family members of that individual to ensure we're doing a very complete investigation," he said.