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Victim's identity sought

January 29, 2001

Victim's identity sought



By JULIE E. GREENE / Staff Writer


On Sunday, Montgomery County Police were still searching for the identity of a man found dead near the MARC commuter train railroad tracks three days earlier.

Passengers on the last MARC commuter train from Brunswick, Md., Friday morning had to be rerouted in Gaithersburg, Md. after the body was found further south near the tracks, according to officials with MARC and Montgomery County Police.

The man was struck by an eastbound train, but police didn't know when or whether it was by a MARC or freight train, said Officer Derek Baliles, spokesman for Montgomery County Police.

The man could have been struck as early as Thursday night, Baliles said.

A wallet was found near the body, but police had not determined Friday evening if it belonged to the man, Baliles said. The body was sent to the state medical examiner's office in Baltimore for an autopsy.

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Because the man was found between the eastbound and westbound tracks, CSX freight and MARC commuter train traffic was suspended in both directions in that area until around noon so investigators could work safely, Baliles said.

Someone called police from a nearby restaurant at about 7:30 a.m. to say a body had been spotted near the tracks behind the Crisswell Kia dealership, Baliles said. The area is near where trains cross over Interstate 270 just after the Metropolitan Grove station.

Passengers on MARC train No. 882 had to exit at the Metropolitan Grove station where they were transferred to buses and taken to metro stops at Silver Spring and Shady Grove, said Frank Fulton, MARC spokesman.

Police weren't certain whether the man was homeless or had a job that required outdoor work, Baliles said. He was wearing multiple layers of clothing, dressed as if he expected to be outside for a while, according to Baliles.

Baliles said a construction supervisor in the area had seen the man walking in the area before on his way to a nearby shopping center.

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