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Lincoln police investigate death of transient man

Posted: Updated: Nov 18, 2013 11:14 AM CST

Posted By:  Camila Orti

Police are investigating the mysterious death of a Lincoln man over the weekend. They're now asking for the community's help.

47–year–old George Ike died Saturday evening.  Ike, a transient, was found injured behind a building around 2 p.m. Saturday near 9th and Saunders in north Lincoln.

Ike had several broken bones, and was taken to the hospital. There, police say Ike told them he was hit by a car, but then changed his story and said he was assaulted.

"Based on his injuries, they appear consistent with an automobile accident, however, based on his statements we aren't ruling out that it could've been an assault," Lincoln Police Officer Katie Flood said.

If it was a car that caused the injuries, that'd make Ike the second homeless man to be hit in about a week. Marvin Archer, 63, was struck while crossing West O Street November 8th.

Archer was seriously injured, but survived.

Executive director of the People's City Mission, Tom Barber, says he doesn't know if it's just a coincidence, or part of a bigger problem.

"I've been here ten years and I've never seen two guys get hit within such a short period of time," Barber said.

According to Barber, numbers at the Mission have been growing.

He says they've been over capacity all year, and it's no wonder why. The People's City Mission is the only general purpose homeless shelter in Lincoln.

Barber estimates there are more than 1,500 homeless in the Capital City.

"What we're seeing is more and more people coming to the Mission because that's really the only thing left," Barber said.

Police are looking for anyone with information who may have seen an accident or an assault near the Belmont shopping area on Saturday. 

At the time, George may have been wearing a brown coat, red Nebraska sweatshirt and blue jeans.  Contact the Lincoln Police Department at 402.441.6000 or via Crime Stoppers 402.475.3600.

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