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Death Investigation Underway After Man Found Dead At South Minneapolis Homeless Encampment

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- Minneapolis police are investigating Sunday after a man was found dead in a homeless encampment on the city's south side.

The Minneapolis Police Department says the man was found dead shortly after noon in a tent at the encampment near Minnehaha Regional Park. Responding officers reported that his body showed signs of trauma.

It's yet unclear what led up to the man's death. His name has not been released.

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A spokesperson for Minneapolis police says a crime lab was set up on scene. Investigators with Minneapolis police and the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board are trying to determine how the victim died and if he lived in the encampment.

The death investigation comes on the same day the residents at this encampment were scheduled to be evicted. When squad cars arrived at the park, many residents fled, thinking the officers were involved with the eviction process.

Instigators think it's possible that someone who ran knows what happened to the man. Anyone with information on the death is asked to call the Minneapolis homicide unit at 612-673-2941

Earlier this week, the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board said that it's evicting residents form the encampment because the winter weather is too dangerous. The park board says it's working to find housing for the residents.


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