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Body found along railroad tracks in Williamsport

January 28, 2003|by MARLO BARNHART

WILLIAMSPORT - The body of a North Carolina man found along the railroad tracks Monday afternoon near the W.D. Byron Tannery has been sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Baltimore to determine the cause of death.

There were no obvious signs of foul play, said Cpl. Roy Harsh of the Washington County Sheriff's Department. The body was discovered at 12:15 p.m. near Bottom Road.

Investigator Greg Alton said scuff marks on the ground near where the man was found indicate he may have come off a passing train.

"He wasn't dressed for the cold," Alton said, noting the man was wearing a lightweight jacket. Alton said the 35-year-old man had recently been released from jail in his home state.

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Alton said cold weather could have been a factor in the man's death but that won't be known officially until the autopsy is completed.

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