Autopsy today for man found along tracks

Autopsy today for man found along tracks

CHAMPAIGN — An autopsy will be performed today on the man found dead along railroad tracks in Champaign over the weekend.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said that the man, who has been described by police as homeless, still had not been positively identified as of Sunday evening.

"We are still trying to reach the next of kin," Northrup said.

Police called the death "suspicious" and are treating it as a homicide.

Champaign police Lt. Bob Rea said just after 10 a.m. Saturday, officers 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 that the man was dead. Northrup said the man was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:05 a.m. Saturday.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Champaign police at 217-351-4545 or contact Champaign County Crimestoppers at 217-373-8477. Information may also be left anonymously online at 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.

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