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Two Dead Bodies Found in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Springfield police officers are investigating two dead bodies found in a downtown building.

Investigators have been at the scene near South A and 7th streets since noon Thursday.

Police say these deaths are a result of illegal and suspicious activity at an old and vacant auto dealership building, which has proven to be a trouble spot in the past. They say a passerby on the way to the bus station on 5th Street originally saw the bodies and called 9-1-1.

Officers say they got to the scene and discovered two white men dead. They say it looks like the two could have been dead since Thursday morning. Investigators don’t suspect foul play and say there were no signs of trauma to the bodies. Police won’t say if this is a result of drug use, but they do say that’s a problem in this area.

“It’s been kind of a problem area where people have loitered and used drugs and even camped out underneath before in the past,” said Sgt. David Lewis, Springfield Police Department.

Officers say the two men were not camping, but it looks like they stopped to have a brief moment of seclusion.

Police have not yet released the names of the men. They say if you saw anything suspicious around the area Thursday morning to call them.

UPDATE (Feb. 22, 2013 : Springfield Police identified the two men found dead downtown. Officers say a passerby saw the bodies of 24-year-old Stephen Smith of Springfield and 53-year-old Timothy Fleming of Vida Thursday morning then called police. Investigators haven’t released a cause of death, but they say the area is known for drug use.

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  1. Hiram says:

    I like the “brief moment of seclusion” phrase in the next to last paragraph.

  2. Carol says:

    I am the grieving mother…my young son is dead. Please have respect.

    1. Davina says:

      Before slamming people we do not know think. This could have been your family member, son daughter cousin highschool buddy. We do not know the story. Remember that they could have had kids who will look on here and read your words. Everyone has issues, maybe theirs just got out of control or maybe they were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Be respectful. These guys had moms and sisters and cousins. No need to make it worse.

    2. Jo says:

      I am so sorry for your loss… and also sorry that you had to read what was thoughtlessly said before you. My aunt endured a situation like this one when her youngest son was killed by a man whom he’d tried to rob… and the man came into the store where my aunt worked, bragging loudly about killing his would-be robber. My aunt even had to ring out his purchases— her manager wouldn’t let her go on a break to regain her composure. Yes, my cousin brought it on himself by perpetrating a crime— but it didn’t in any way diminish the pain of loss that our family suffered. Peace.

    3. Kay MacKeand says:

      Dear, Dear Carol, My beautiful son is also dead. Died Jan 15th. I have a feeling the cause of your sons death is the same as my son….an overdose. My thoughts and love are with you even though I don’t know you, we are mothers left behind to deal with the devastation and all the questions….WHY? If you need a safe place to talk or just find a little peace, I’m available to grieve with you and remember ours sons together. I hope you don’t think this is weird and I haven’t over stepped my bounds. I just know how lonely it is….

      http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/registerguard/obituary.aspx?pid=162658856

      May you find some peace….

      Sincerely, Kay MacKeand

  3. Josh says:

    I found a poem by Stephen Smith left in the area and took some photos:
    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.588853954460326.1073741829.100000071809257

    Here is what the poem said:

    Rehabe

    I feel I’ve been down this road before, Cause sobriety in the past felt such a boore, Now I turn the page and sing a new tune, Wich doesn’t ultimatly end in my doom, Or back in Sec County Jail locked in a solitary cell, With no one to call for my bail, But I can’t be stuck in regret, even though the last ten years have felt like a gambling bet, trying to best the odds of addiction and debt. In the past I’ve been told I’m a junkie with no hope, and I always be a slave to the dope, Now I know thats not true, It may be painful but it’s something I have to do, I can’t live this way much longer, so it’s sobriety I have to do to get stronger. I can no longer fall back on treatment, I know I’ve said that before but this time I feel I ment it, I may be full of broken thoughts I cannot repair, but thats just life and its not always fair, So I thank all the people who have showed me the way, appollgize cause I haven’t been pleasent every day, Now all I can say is I wish you stay clean because I believe theirs a better life for all of us to redeem.

    S.S.

    Written by Stephen Smith July 2011 Scheduled for rehab Feb 23 2012 Died here Feb 21

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