Homeless man found dead in tent in Northeast Portland
A homeless man was found dead inside of a tent along I-84 in Northeast Portland on Thursday, March 16.
Later identified as 32-year-old Christopher Gregory Martin, he was found following a welfare check by East Precinct officers at 9:19 a.m.
The officers went to the tent on Northeast 74th Avenue and Jonesmore street located near the sound wall along I-84 on the south side of Jonesmore, according to a police news release.
Medical personnel responded and determined he was deceased, and found a propane lantern burning inside the tent.
A chihuahua was also found in the tent suffering from "some unknown medical condition," according to police, but was revived by medics. Multnomah County Animal Control responded and took the animal into custody. It was transported to Dove Lewis Animal Hospital for treatment then released to Multnomah County Animal Shelter.
The Oregon State Medical Examiner has conducted an autopsy on Martin and is awaiting toxicology results.
Police say there is "no indication that Martin's death was the result of a criminal act."
Deaths of homeless individuals are tracked by the Multnomah County Health Department and detailed in the annual Domicile Unknown report.
In 2015, the most recent report, 88 people died on the street. Since 2011, when the county first began tracking deaths of those on the street, at least 279 people have died.