Police say a body was discovered in a dumpster downtown Wednesday afternoon.
Springfield Police got the call around 12:45 p.m. about the body below the Martin Luther King Bridge at 602 E. Phelps.
A passerby walked into the crime lab and had the crime lab call 911 to report the finding.
Officers on scene say it appears to be transient who'd been dead at least a day before his body was discovered. Bedding and personal items were found inside the dumpster, indicating the man may have been living there.
Officers aren't sure if it's a heat-related death, but there are no obvious signs of foul play.
"It's not been linked to heat, but transients in the area are, when we contact them and are suffering from heat illness, taken to hospitals also advised to go to cooling centers that are open at the time, churches," says Officer Lee Walker.
The medical examiner has removed the body. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday in Columbia, Missouri.
Police have identified the man, but next of kin have not been notified.