Body Found in Downtown Los Gatos

Man is reported deceased Wednesday morning in bathroom of Pizza My Heart at 9 No. Santa Cruz Avenue

A man was found deceased Wednesday morning in a public bathroom in downtown Los Gatos, police have confirmed.

At about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Los Gatos-Monte Sereno police were notified that there was a person believed to be a homeless individual possibly dead in the bathroom to the rear of 9 No. Santa Cruz Ave., said Sgt. spokesman Kerry Harris.

Officers arrived and found the man deceased in the restroom as reported, Harris added.

There was no sign of trauma, nor evidence of foul play, he said. "The scene did not bear evidence that would suggest that criminal activity took place. So normally, unless the coroner's process reveals something to indicate foul play, the case would be closed," Harris said.

The Santa Clara County Coroner's Office was notified and responded to the scene.

A medical examiner identified the man as Christopher Blatnick, 50, a transient out of Los Gatos. His family has been notified, the examiner said, adding that cause of death is still pending.

Editor's Note: Los Gatos Patch doesn't report on natural deaths that take place in private places, however, we do report such incidents when they occur in public settings such as this one. Patch received one anonymous tip about this incident from a reader concerned about what he had seen.

Frankie Torrente January 16, 2013 at 12:37 AM
Thank you los gatos patch , I no longer live in town but I still hold it deep in my soul , I went to school with Chris, we were not close but did converse many times.peace and comfort to the family knowing hes warm and safe as it should be. blessings from folsom .
Frankie Torrente January 16, 2013 at 01:00 AM
wow I did not read what Suzette wrote, I'm so sorry girl, I know your frustrations the Los Gatos police, been there done that, as for the patch, come on guys get your facts straight, or you're really just the gossip column. blessings Suzette
Lisa Hofman January 16, 2013 at 03:03 AM
Sad news indeed.
Brent Bonham January 16, 2013 at 04:10 PM
It was the National Guard. He was an officer, though I do not remember the rank. I am happy that he had friends helping him. I wish I could have seen him again. RIP Chris.
Suzette February 02, 2013 at 03:20 AM
Frank: Thank you for the kind words. I did not know that you knew my brother. Since no one bothered to contact me regarding the "story of his life" they have no idea that his family loved him very much and wanted him to recover from his addictions to alcohol and drugs. Chris was sober for a period of months after our parents passed away in December of 1998 but he chose to drink again and at that time I could not let his addiction effect my family or my sobriety. If Chris had wanted to get sober he could have. The coroners office still has not sent me the official cause of death, so who knows what killed him. I was told someone saw him around 7:00 am in the restroom and said he was acting agitated and then they found him unresponsive around 9:00 am. I do not think it is a coincidence that the day he died was my mothers birthday. Thank you again for the kind words. They mean alot to me. Hope all is well with you and yours.


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