The Grand Rapids Police Department is investigating the death of a man found near the railroad tracks on the city's Southwest side.

Officers found an unresponsive, 62-year-old man by the railroad tracks near Buchanan Avenue SW and Franklin Street SW around 3 p.m. on Friday, April 7. The man was dead inside of a tent with no obvious signs of injury, police say.

Police don't know the cause of death, but an autopsy will be performed.

The man's name is not being released until his family can be notified.

GRPD is asking anyone with information about this death to contact the Major Case Team at 616-456-3400 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345. Silent Observer can also be reached online at

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