MATTHEWS, N.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — A teen was found dead near a Matthews road Monday evening, according to the police department.

The incident involving a 17-year-old Charlotte resident was reported around 7:20 p.m. on the 2800 block of Bathgate Lane near Swaim Drive.

Children in the neighborhood startlingly discovered a man lying on the ground dead while riding their bikes.

“Think they ran home and said there’s a man sleeping in the field,” said Bridgett Woods, a woman who watched investigators. “So, thankfully, they didn’t know any better. The sweet innocence of little kids.”

People called the police, and the investigation began. Many say they stood on the porch watching and wondering exactly what happened.

“Everybody was just trying to figure out why he was there,” added Cynthia Ivey. “What was he doing there? I guess the main thing is who he is.”

Authorities say the victim was wearing a navy-blue T-shirt, red Nike shorts, size 8 Nike shoes, and black ankle socks, like the photos provided below:

(Courtesy: Matthews Police Department)

Officials advised he has black mid-length hair, a mustache and braces on his teeth.

“Just for a piece of mind around here,” said Woods. “Again, thoughts and prayers for the family.”

Police said Tuesday this continues to be an ongoing investigation with the determination of his cause of death pending from the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner’s Office.