MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis police say they are investigating a homicide Tuesday morning in northeast Minneapolis, near the intersection of Marshall Street and 16th Avenue.

Someone passing by saw a person down on the nearby railroad bridge and called 911. When police got to the scene, there they found a man who was dead.

This area has a lot of bikers, walkers and runners because a trail nearby feeds directly into downtown Minneapolis.

People who use that trail had to walk right past the active crime scene Tuesday morning.

“I take this road to work basically every day, so for me to hear this? it was bad news…scary,” said Will Ortiz, who has lived in the NE Minneapolis neighborhood his whole life.

There are also businesses along the trail near the tracks, where Mariela Dolan works, who says she’s always felt safe in this neighborhood, even at night.

“This area is a wonderful place, I like these people. I think they’re very sweet. It’s a bummer, but we’ll get through it,” said Dolan.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the cause of death and release the victim’s name.

Police are asking anyone with information to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leave a tip here. All tips are anonymous.

Overnight, there was another homicide in downtown Minneapolis. Police found a man’s body on a popular riverfront bike path. No arrests have been made in that case.

Minneapolis Police are not saying if these two homicides are connected or not, but they are looking into a connection as part of their investigation.

Marielle Mohs

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