Police find body of local artist in park

September 10, 2011 • Local News

Roswell Police investigate an area along the Spring River Trail east, Friday morning. (Mark Wilson Photo)

The Roswell Police Department responded to a report of a body found along the Spring River Bicycle Path near the J. Kenneth Smith Bird Sanctuary & Nature Center on [auth] North Sycamore Avenue around 10:45 a.m., Friday.

Police later identified the deceased as local artist Dawson “Ben” Napps, 51, of Roswell.

RPD spokesman Travis Holley says Napps was riding a bicycle on the path when he succumbed to death by natural causes.

“There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death. He was last seen at 9:30 a.m.,” Holley said, adding “There was no foul play. All preliminary indications are he died of natural causes.”

Officials from the Roswell’s Office of Medical Investigator arrived at the scene a little before 11 a.m. RPD Detective Kim Northcutt is leading the investigation.

Dawson is listed on the internet as a Southwestern artist. He donated a piece he had done of Georgia O’Keeffe’s home to the Roswell Museum and Art Center in 1994.

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