Boise & Garden City

Friend: Man found dead in Boise park was former Cooper Court resident

Perry Woodward, 48, was found by a passer-by along the bank of the Boise River in Julia Davis Park on Saturday.
Perry Woodward, 48, was found by a passer-by along the bank of the Boise River in Julia Davis Park on Saturday.

CORRECTION: This article originally misspelled Perry Woodard's name.

The Ada County coroner has released the name of the man found dead in Julia Davis Park on Saturday afternoon.

The cause of death is still undetermined for Perry James Woodard, 48.

The coroner’s office is performing toxicology studies. Authorities do not suspect foul play.

JoJo Valdez, a friend who knew Woodard for a couple of months, said he was a kind, very talkative person. The two were among the residents of Cooper Court, the former tent encampment near Interfaith Sanctuary in Boise.

Valdez said Woodard was partially blind. He frequently came by her tent to visit, she said.

Valdez said she doesn’t know much about Woodard’s past, nor where where he lived before settling in Cooper Court. She doesn’t know what became of him after the city closed Cooper Court in December.

A passer-by found Woodard around 1:30 p.m. Saturday and called the police.

Jodi Peterson, a local homeless advocate and fundraiser for the Boise homeless shelter Interfaith Sanctuary, said that Woodard has “been in the system for a long time,” receiving services at Interfaith as well as Corpus Christi House.

Peterson is hoping to find contacts for any of Woodard’s family members so the community can organize a memorial for Woodard. She asks anyone with information to leave their contacts on the Cooper Court Volunteers Facebook page.

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