Woman found dead on porch of clinic: 'Carrie has been a loved member of this community'
EUGENE, Ore. - A woman who lived on the streets of Eugene for nearly 20 years died on the front porch of the White Bird Clinic on Tuesday.
Advocates for the homeless community recall 58-year-old Carrie Miller as a loving and kind "street mom" to others.
"Carrie has been a loved member of this community," said Kate Gillespie with White Bird. "She was very outspoken and people knew her well all over this neighborhood."
Miller appeared on local TV news in January 2014 when the City of Eugene began efforts to close the Whoville encampment.
"I haven't slept this good in years," she said at the time.
The City closed the camp on April 4 that year.
On April 30, a new camp nearby under the Ferry Street Bridge was closed. Miller was one of the camp's residents.
We asked Miller where she and other campers would go next.
"We're not sure, we're not sure," she said. "Whoville had its problems, but we worked it out and we had a home. We had a home."
White Bird staff found Miller slumped over on the clinic's porch and called for medical help.
Eugene Police said there was no sign of foul play.
The medical examiner has not yet released a cause of death.
Miller's family in Oklahoma has been notified. In a statement, they thanked the White Bird Clinic for showing Miller support.
A memorial service is planned for next week near the clinic.