Police say death of man found by railroad tracks "suspicious"

Police say death of man found by railroad tracks "suspicious"

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police are calling the death of a local homeless man “suspicious” and are treating it as a homicide.

Champaign police Lt. Bob Rea said just after 10 a.m. Saturday, police responded to a report of an unresponsive man along the Canadian National Railway tracks just south of the Springfield Avenue viaduct.

Rea said it was obvious to them the man was dead.

Police believe him to be a local homeless man, but are not releasing his name until the Champaign County coroner’s office has notified his relatives.

“At this point in the investigation, the exact cause of death has not been officially determined, but police consider the circumstances to be suspicious and are treating it as a homicide,” Rea said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Champaign police at 217-351-4545 or to contact Champaign County Crimestoppers at 217-373-8477. Information may also be sent anonymously online at www.373tips.com or by cellphone text message by sending CCTIP plus the information to CRIMES (274637).

Crimestoppers will pay a reward if the information leads to an arrest. Cash rewards are also paid for information on other felony crimes or fugitives in the Champaign County area.

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Herb wrote on August 09, 2014 at 4:08 pm

The Illinois Central Gulf ceased to exist in 1988. 

Mary Schenk wrote on August 09, 2014 at 7:08 pm

Thanks. Fixed.

just_wondering wrote on August 09, 2014 at 4:08 pm

I guess the good news is the police haven't given up all hope - this is "suspicious" and not "just another day in C-U". 

use er name wrote on August 10, 2014 at 1:08 pm

   Are we even sure this person is, in fact, dead? The one who crashed his car wasn't dead as was "reported".

  Once again, it seems that the NG has failed to monitor the scanner and dispatch reporters to get pics of the scene and body.