A man was found dead Monday morning under the Interstate 93 North overpass near Albany and Traveler streets in the South End, the apparent victim of a homicide, authorities said.
State Police and the Suffolk County district attorney’s office said an investigation was underway.
“Preliminary evidence suggests this was a homicide,” said one law enforcement official who was briefed on the investigation.
The area is frequented by homeless people, but it was not known if the victim was homeless, State Police said.
“It’s possible he was a member of the homeless population in that area, but there are also things that suggest he was not,” the official said. “That remains part of the ongoing investigation.”
A spokeswoman for the Pine Street Inn said Monday night that State Police had spoken with staff there and could find no connection between the man and the South End homeless shelter.
“I think it was pretty much determined that the man was not homeless,” said Barbara Trevisan, the spokeswoman.
Trevisan said she was unaware of any unusual occurrences in the area in recent days, aside from the cold weather and snowstorms.
Officials have not released the man’s name or the manner in which he died, but a pool of blood could be seen near the middle-aged victim, who was covered by a sheet.
Investigators wearing white “booties” walked slowly through the crime scene looking for evidence between stacked road barriers and barrels, using flashlights to illuminate some spaces. They carried away several brown paper bags, putting them in the trunks of their cars.
At least twice, investigators pulled the sheet off the victim momentarily.
The man, who appeared to be white, wore a blue short-sleeve shirt and was on his side. He appeared to have little or no hair on the top of his head and stubble on his face.
The space where the victim was found is unpaved, even ground bordered by a small black fence and does not receive much direct sunlight.Globe correspondent Jeremy C. Fox contributed to this report. Martin Finucane can be reached at MFinucane@
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