Police ID man found dead near West O Street Saturday morning

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LINCOLN, Neb. - Lincoln Police have identified a man found near West O Street and Sun Valley Boulevard on Saturday morning.

Lincoln Police said the body of Roger Nesbitt, 61, was found in the area early Saturday morning. Police said Nesbitt is a transient, and that foul play is not suspected.

Neighbors 1011 spoke with say there were about 7 or 8 police cars in the area Saturday morning.

People who work in the area also say the location is a well-known spot for transients to hang out.

1011 spoke with Nesbitt's niece who says just because he was homeless, his death doesn't hurt any less.

"I think a lot of people, when they hear homeless, it's not positive thoughts that come to their mind," said Samie Korth. "They think these people just don't want to work, but that's not always the case."

Korth says Nesbitt had spent most of the last 17 years homeless, but he had gotten a job just this summer.

"He was so excited and so proud," Korth said.

Korth said she hadn't heard from Nesbitt in weeks, and was concerned for his safety.

"That was the biggest things I feared with him being out there in the winter because anything's possible," Korth said. "That area where he was found is an area that a lot of homeless people don't survive I feel like."

1011 also talked to Nesbitt's brother, Kenny. He said Roger was his last surviving brother. The family is waiting on an official autopsy, but says they are working to create something special to honor Nesbitt's memory.