CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The director of a local homeless shelter said the 48-year-old man found dead under the Quarrier Street Bridge last week was a loner who sometimes visited the shelter.
Robert Lee Hissom's body was found under the bridge last Wednesday.
David Snead, director of the Crossroads Union Mission on Leon Sullivan Way in downtown Charleston, said Hissom had been living on the streets for some time although he stayed at the mission through the spring and summer.
Hissom also came to the mission to eat meals but had not been seen there since about August.
"He was very quiet and kept to himself," Snead said.
Snead believes Hissom had some mental issues.
"But we never had any problems with him," he added. "He was just a man of few words.
"He was a good person."
Hissom's visits to the mission were sporadic.
"Sometimes we wouldn't see him for two or three weeks," Snead said. "And then we'd see him every day."
Alex Alston, chief operating officer of Roark-Sullivan Lifeway Center, also on Leon Sullivan Way, said staff at his facility had talked to Hissom several times within the last couple of weeks. They had tried to persuade him to stay in the shelter.
"But for whatever reason, he decided not to come into the shelter," Alston said.