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.