Portland Police announced Wednesday that they are investigating the death of a 58-year-old man at a homeless encampment in the Western Promenade cemetery area.
On Wednesday, at approximately 2:30 p.m., officers responded to a report of an unresponsive male who was inside of a tent in the Western Promenade encampment.
The man was pronounced deceased a short time later, and the department is now investigating the incident as an unattended death.
An autopsy will be conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine the cause and manner of death of the 58-year-old.
The Western Promenade encampment is one of several large homeless camp sites in Portland.
City officials recently cordoned off half of the Marginal Way Park and Ride to accommodate a homeless encampment with over 30 tents.
In July, Portland Health and Human Services Director Kristen Dow announced that they plan to shut down an encampment along the Fore River Parkway Trail, the city’s largest encampment where about 50 tents are pitched, by Sept. 6.
Dow said that prior to that date, “every single person in that encampment will be offered some form of shelter or housing, and in some cases multiple times.”