TROUTDALE, Ore. – A homeless man was found dead in a park near Troutdale on Tuesday morning.
A person walking in the Lewis and Clark Recreation Area spotted the man, who was unresponsive, and called for help around 10:15 a.m., according to Lt. Chad Gaidos with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.
The man, later identified as 55-year-old Robert Despain of Portland, was found dead in a homeless camp near the train tracks. His cause of death is under investigation. Investigators do not suspect any foul play.
Gaidos said Despain was reportedly living in a tent near several other homeless campers.
Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese said Despain’s death highlights the seriousness of the county’s homeless problem.