Champaign Police Investigate Suspicious Death

On Saturday, August 9, 2014 at approximately 10:03 AM, the Champaign Police responded to a report of a non-responsive subject along the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad tracks just south of the Springfield Avenue viaduct. Once officers located the subject, it was obvious to them the individual was deceased, and the Champaign County Coroner was called to the scene.

The Champaign Police do believe the victim to be a local homeless man, but are not releasing  the  name until  the  Coroner’s  Office  has  made  their  appropriate notifications.

Champaign Police Investigations and the Crime Scene Unit responded to the scene to assist  with  the  investigation.    At thispoint 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.

The Champaign Police continue to investigate this crime and is asking for assistance from the public. Anyone with information is asked to call Champaign Police at 217-351-4545  or  callers  can  remain  anonymous  by  calling  Crime Stoppers  at  217-373-8477  (TIPS).   Tips can also be submitted through or text by sending CCTIP plus the information plus the to  274637 (CRIMES).