DES MOINES, Iowa — Questions continue to surround the death of the Army veteran found in Water Works Park last week.
Police say 41-year-old Richard Miles was found not wearing a coat or shoes and he likely died of exposure to freezing temperatures.
Friends say Miles disappeared earlier this month, but returned home recently to seek help. They say he had been struggling with issues including depression for years after serving in the Army in the mid 2000’s.
Miles visited the local VA numerous times and was given medication but his friends say he was seeking long term hospitalization and evaluation.
Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds said she wasn’t familiar with this specific case at her Monday morning press conference but she is confident in our state’s services for veterans.
“ It continues to be a number one priority, we want to continue to make sure we have the infrastructure in place to meet the needs, they have certainly sacrificed and served our country, you know to protect our freedoms and so we wanna make sure we provide them with the care they deserve,” said Reynolds.
Miles is survived by a girlfriend and three children.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.