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The Humboldt County Coroner's Office said they have not ruled out exposure as a factor in their investigation of a man found dead on Third Street in Eureka on Wednesday morning.

Deputy Coroner Charles Van Buskirk identified the man as 39-year-old Eureka resident Robert Charles Manning.

Record-breaking cold temperatures continued in Eureka on Wednesday morning with a low of 29, according to the National Weather Service. The record for consecutive nights with temperatures in the 20s was extended to nine on Wednesday. The annual record for temperatures in the 20s was also broken with 11 nights this year, beating the previous record of 10 nights in 1949.

Manning, who was homeless, was unresponsive when friends tried to wake him up around 7 a.m.

Dominic Liacono said Manning was sleeping near the sidewalk across the street from the St. Vincent De Paul Free Dining Center.

After multiple attempts to wake him up, his friends said they called the police.

”I thought he was just sleeping,” Liacono said. “I try to respect people when they're sleeping because we don't get a lot of it around here. I put my thumb on his wrist and there was nothing.”

Eureka Rescue Mission Director Bryan Hall said that they had three open beds available on Tuesday night.

”Our doors are open,” Hall said. “I looked on our guest services record and it showed (Manning) has not come in for quite some time.”

Hall said that they do not deny a bed to anyone during the winter.

”During the winter months, we relax our zero-tolerance rule on alcohol,” Hall said. “Last night, we had a gentleman come in who had been drinking and we let him come in. We would have certainly let (Manning) in if he had come.”

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