Man found dead Thursday night near Metra tracks in Jefferson Park

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CHICAGO — A death investigation is underway after a man was found dead near Metra’s Union Pacific Northwest train tracks in the Jefferson Park neighborhood.

Authorities were called around 11:30 p.m. Thursday after someone found the body of a man near the Kennedy Expressway and Metra tracks off Ainslie Street.

Police arrived to the scene and immediately performed CPR on the unresponsive man, believed to be 35 years old.

Chicago police said there were visible signs of trauma on his body.

The man was transported to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where he was pronounced dead.

Residents in the neighborhood are concerned.

“It’s always a little bit disturbing, said resident Sean Keenehan. “Especially when it’s in your own backyard.”

Police questioned unidentified man who was watching across the street.

Residents said they’ve seen this man with this dog a lot in the neighborhood, and he appears to be homeless.

“They don’t bother anybody,“ resident Alex White said. That guy is a really nice guy.”

There was no indication the victim was struck by a train. An autopsy is set for Saturday. It’s not clear if that man taken into custody is in connection with the death.


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