Paso Robles police investigate suspicious death of man found near railroad tracks

A man’s body was found Friday morning in Paso Robles near the railroad tracks — now police are investigating the death as suspicious.

A woman walking her dog about 8:40 a.m. found the 70-year-old man lying on the tracks near 6th and Pine streets next to his bicycle, Cmdr. Stephen Lampe said.

Emergency medical services (EMS) personnel found the man had a small amount of blood above his left eye and on his cheek, and it appeared he had fallen off his bicycle and struck his head, according to a Paso Robles Police Department news release.

EMS personnel attended to the man, but he was eventually pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives from Paso Robles and the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office took over the investigation and stopped all incoming Union Pacific Railroad trains.

The man was not struck by a train, and there was no obvious evidence of foul play. However, the death is being treated as suspicious until more information is obtained from the autopsy.

The man was a homeless person living in the area, Lampe said. He has been identified, but police are not releasing his name pending next of kin notification, he said.

The investigation into the man’s death remains ongoing, and anyone with information is encouraged to call the Paso Robles Police Department at 805-237-6464 or Crime Stoppers at 805-549-7867.

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Lindsey Holden writes about housing, North County communities and everything in between for The Tribune in San Luis Obispo. She became a staff writer in 2016 after working for the Rockford Register Star in Illinois. Lindsey is a native Californian raised in the Midwest and earned degrees from DePaul and Northwestern universities.