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Police investigate apparent transient's death

Portland police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found early Tuesday, Dec. 5, near a transient camp.

Acting on an anonymous tip phoned in at 6:40 a.m., police found the body near railroad tracks in the 18000 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard, said Sgt. Brian Schmautz, Portland police spokesman.

The body is of a Caucasian man in his mid-30s to early 40s who appears to be transient.

There were no obvious signs of trauma. Because officers couldn't determine whether the man had been the victim of a crime, homicide detectives are investigating the case as a suspicious death, Schmautz said. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 6.