The bodies of two men were found near the border of Roxbury and the South End Monday afternoon, and police believe they died of an apparent drug overdose, authorities said.
A person who works in a nearby building discovered the bodies behind a trash receptacle at the rear of an apartment complex at 599 Columbus Ave. at 2:47 p.m., said Boston police spokeswoman Cheryl Fiandaca.
“The middle-aged men appear to be victims of a drug overdose, but the homicide unit has been called in as part of a death investigation,” said Fiandaca.
She said the bodies had been behind the trash receptacle for some time.
Boston police spokesman David Estrada said no identification was found on the bodies and police were working to identify them.
Estrada said the men were not known to police, and foul play was not suspected.
The trash receptacle sits on the edge of a parking lot southeast of the Southwest Corridor Park and the Massachusetts Avenue MBTA station.
A neighborhood resident said he often sees people gathered in that area of the park at night.
“It’s not a comfortable place to walk through, especially after dark,” said Dylan Hackley, a senior at Northeastern University.
Police left the scene around 5:30 p.m. Shortly before, detectives could be seen sorting through a pile of clothing behind the trash receptacle and throwing items inside.
Behind the trash receptacle were cigarette butts, a disposable razor, and an unopened toothbrush.
A nearby shopping bag held several empty 40-ounce beer bottles.
Gloria Williams, 85, has lived for five years in the apartment complex where the bodies were found.
Williams said that she has heard that people use drugs behind the building but that she never leaves her apartment at night except to go downstairs to the laundry room.