CENTRAL POINT — Police are investigating the suspicious death of a man found Thursday night inside a sleeping bag along the Bear Creek Greenway in Central Point.

CENTRAL POINT — Police are investigating the suspicious death of a man found Thursday night inside a sleeping bag along the Bear Creek Greenway in Central Point.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters would not speculate on what may have led to the man's death. The body was delivered to the Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office Friday for an autopsy. The results of the autopsy could be returned sometime today, Winters said.

"It is a suspicious case that we will be spending a lot of time on," Winters said. "Right now we don't know anything about the victim, including his name, age or where he is from."

At about 7 p.m. Thursday, deputies received a call from a passerby reporting a body inside a sleeping bag. The body was off a path that leads away from the Greenway between the Central Point freeway interchange and Table Rock Road, Winters said.

Winters said the man was most likely a transient who was living along the Greenway.

The sheriff's department received help from detectives with Medford police, Eagle Point police and Oregon State Police as part of the Jackson County Major Crimes Team, a multi-agency unit usually brought into homicide investigations.

The body discovery added another tangle to the sheriff's department's already busy schedule. The agency has committed detectives to the suspicious death of a man found badly burned inside a cabin on Dead Indian Memorial Road early Thursday. Police suspect arson was involved in the cabin fire.

The sheriff's department's job could be made a little easier following its sweep of the Greenway two weeks ago. During the operation, deputies took pictures of transients living along the bike and pedestrian path and made notes of all names, telling body marks and tattoos and collected numbers of next of kin.

The sweep was intended to make it easier for detectives to identify transients who have died from natural or other causes along the Greenway when no identification is present, Winters said.

"It sometimes takes us months to identify a body found there," Winters said. "By establishing the ID list we can possibly cut down on manpower time and free up the detectives for other crimes."

The major crimes team will remain split between the two crime scenes until there is a break in either case.

"It's nice that the agencies in this county can work so well together," Winters said.

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 776-4471; or e-mail cconrad@mailtribune.com.