Man found dead under Western Brown Line tracks

The Western Brown Line station entrance at 4645 North Western. | Google

Update 12:31 PM March 16 — The Cook County Medical Examiner today identified the man as 23-year-old Jaime Cardenas of Hoffman Estates. An autopsy is scheduled. Police previously said the man was 49-years-old.

UPDATE 4:45 PM March 16 — Cardenas died from injuries consistent with a fall from height, the medical examiner’s office said. His death was ruled accidental.

Police are conducting a death investigation after a man was found unresponsive near the Western Brown Line station overnight.

Officers found the 23-year-old man lying under the tracks just east of the station at 2:51 a.m. Doctors at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center pronounced him dead at 3:31 a.m.

Blood was found on the scene and the man showed signs of head trauma, but the cause of death has not been determined, according to information from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Area North detectives are investigating.

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