Autopsy: Homeless man murdered

Autopsy: Homeless man murdered

URBANA — The autopsy of a homeless man whose body was found near railroad tracks in Champaign over the weekend indicates that he was probably murdered.

Police had earlier said the death was suspicious and they were treating it as a homicide.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said the autopsy of the 50-year-old man on Monday showed the man's death was at someone else's hands and "consistent with homicidal means."

The man was discovered by a passerby at about 10 a.m. Saturday behind a building in the 0-100 block of East Springfield Avenue, Champaign, not far from the Canadian National railroad tracks.

Northrup said the man, who has not been identified pending notification of next of kin, was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:05 a.m. Saturday.

He said preliminary autopsy results indicate the man died from injuries inflicted by somebody else.

The exact cause of death is being withheld since Champaign police and his office are conducting an investigation.

Champaign police officials were not available Monday afternoon for comment.

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