Metra trains on the Union Pacific North line through Evanston are being delayed at this hour after a body was found along the tracks near Dempster Street and Sherman Avenue.

Evanston police were called to the area shortly after 8 a.m. after someone on a passing train noticed what appeared to be someone sleeping by the tracks.

Update 9:10 a.m.: Union Pacific and Metra police have also been called to the scene along with Evanston Fire Department crews, and trains are still being delayed.

Update 10:58 a.m.: Evanston police say an engineer on a passing Metra train had noticed the body along the tracks.

Cmdr. Ryan Glew says officers found the body along the northbound tracks at the Dempster Street overpass.

He says it appeared the person, a whilte male of unknown age, had been struck by a train, but it’s unknown when that may have happened.

Evanston police detectives are investigating. There’s expected to be some continued Metra service disruption due to the investigation at the scene.

Update 9:42 p.m.: Police late today said the man whose body was found along the Metra tracks has been identified, but they weren’t yet releasing the information, pending notification of relatives.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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