COUNCIL BLUFFS — Officials have identified a man found dead in a hand-dug hole north of a Council Bluffs homeless center.
Sgt. Dave Dawson of the Council Bluffs Police Criminal Investigation Division said the man was Sasha Padowinikoff, 34.
Dawson said Padowinikoff was found dead Friday evening in a hole that investigators think he had dug for shelter or to store his belongings in a wooded area just east of the 1600 block of North 15th Street.
Dawson said Padowinikoff had been staying at Mohm's Place. Before that, his last known address was a shelter in California.
Dawson said family members were tracked down Monday in Idaho.
Padowinikoff probably became trapped in the hole, described as more than 4 feet deep, when trying to retrieve items that were found in the bottom of the hole.
Dawson said foul play was not suspected.