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Death of man whose body found on tracks in W.Va. called 'suspicious'

May 20, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia State Police said the death of a man whose body was found Friday night on railroad tracks near the Charles Town Bypass is suspicious, but they declined to say Monday what led them to that conclusion.

Sgt. C.D. Siler said Monday afternoon that "just the circumstances" at the scene led them to classify Wayne Preston Printz Jr.'s death as suspicious.

Printz, 26, of 150 Grayrock Road, was found on the railroad tracks after a CSX engineer told authorities at 11:38 p.m. Friday that he saw what appeared to be a body within the tracks, according to state police.

Trooper J.C. Moon responded to the tracks near the Flowing Springs Road exit off the Charles Town Bypass and found the body, state police said.


Printz was identified through a driver's license that was found on him, Siler said. Police held off on releasing Printz's name until they could make a positive identification, Siler said.

Siler said he could not comment on whether Printz might have been struck by a train.

Printz's body was sent to the state Medical Examiner's Office in Charleston, W.Va., for an autopsy to determine the cause of death, Siler said.

Autopsy results were not available Monday.

If the death turns out to be a homicide, Siler said he will release more information.

Siler said he did not have any background information on Printz. He said he believes Printz was single and might have lived with family members in the area.

The engineer who spotted Printz was on a train that travels between Brunswick, Md., and Millville, W.Va., a CSX official said.

Anyone with information about the death of Wayne Preston Printz Jr. of Charles Town may contact West Virginia State Police Trooper J.C. Moon at 304-725-9779. Tips also may be submitted online at and may be anonymous.

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