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  1. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    MACON, Ga. (AP) -- Following a DNA analysis completed earlier this year, the remains of a body found in Georgia 33 years ago have been identified as a missing Florida man.

    The body of a man shot in the head was left on a remote dirt road between Forsyth and Gray in 1984.

    The Telegraph of Macon reports that a DNA analysis of the man's remains, completed earlier this year, matched that of William Maholland, who was reported missing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

    Maholland, who was 28 when he went missing, is thought to have been killed a month earlier and dumped in Jones County. A fisherman found the body in the Oconee National Forest.

    Investigators suspected that the man was from out of town because he was wearing Bermuda shorts and a belt with swordfish on it. Authorities estimated that he had been dead about a week.

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  2. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I don't this we have this case on here? If so, please alert my post so I can put this where it belongs. :thankyou:


    Body identified in 1960s missing person's case
    Posted: Oct 30, 2017 9:59 AM PST Updated: Oct 30, 2017 12:11 PM PST [​IMG] This is the original facial reconstruction that was completed by the Wyoming Crime Lab and was later shown on Unsolved Mysteries

    The Hot Springs County Sheriff's Office is closing the book on a 25-year-old case involving human remains.

    The Sheriff's office has announced that they made a positive identification of a skeleton recovered from a trunk on March 31, 1992.

    According to a release on Facebook... the skeleton was located in a trunk on the Sessions property. It was later determined that the person who had been placed in the trunk had been shot in the head.

    The case came to be known as the "bones case" and was featured on the crime program "Unsolved Mysteries".

    The Sheriff's office states that they received a number of tips in the case following the program.

    Thanks, in part, to more sophisticated DNA testing through the Wyoming State Crime Lab one tip helped break the case open.

    On October 19, a DNA sample was obtained from an adult female from Iowa who had relayed that her father had been shot in the head by her uncle sometime in 1960. The woman stated that her uncle then placed her father's body in a trunk before burying it in Iowa.

    The Sheriff's Office says the uncle later dug the trunk back up and transported it to Wyoming where he was working. The uncle then left the trunk behind. The uncle later moved to Mississippi where he committed suicide.

    The Wyoming State Crime Lab was able to determine that the female who had submitted the DNA sample was indeed a 99.99% match to the bones that had been collected.

    The sheriff's office identifies the bones as Joseph Mulvaney. Mulvaney was born in 1923.

    The sheriff's office writes;

    "Joseph will now be able to get a proper burial and the Mulvaney family can rest easy knowing that their family member has been found."
  3. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    DETROIT (AP) — Detroit police recently told the parents of a woman reported missing in 2009 that investigators actually found her body in 2010 and later buried her unidentified remains, blaming the mistake in part on investigative records that wrongly listed her ethnicity.

    The parents of 28-year-old Crissita Cage-Toaster said they gave police a detailed description of their daughter — including of a large rose tattoo on her shoulder that included her parents' nicknames — when they reported her missing in October 2009. Detroit police had discovered the woman's abandoned car, with her purse, ID and cellphone inside, on a large island park east of downtown.

    "From that day on, I've been searching for her," said her mother, Rosita Cage-Toaster. "If they would have listened to me back in 2009, they could have then discovered my daughter."

    Local officials notified her parents this week of plans to exhume the body, which was buried with other unidentified remains at a cemetery west of Detroit about a year after it was discovered. The parents said Detroit police were negligent in their initial investigation.

  4. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    DETROIT (AP) — Detroit police recently told the parents of a woman reported missing in 2009 that investigators actually found her body in 2010 and later buried her unidentified remains, blaming the mistake in part on investigative records that wrongly listed her ethnicity.

    The parents of 28-year-old Crissita Cage-Toaster said they gave police a detailed description of their daughter — including of a large rose tattoo on her shoulder that included her parents' nicknames — when they reported her missing in October 2009. Detroit police had discovered the woman's abandoned car, with her purse, ID and cellphone inside, on a large island park east of downtown.

    "From that day on, I've been searching for her," said her mother, Rosita Cage-Toaster. "If they would have listened to me back in 2009, they could have then discovered my daughter."

    Local officials notified her parents this week of plans to exhume the body, which was buried with other unidentified remains at a cemetery west of Detroit about a year after it was discovered. The parents said Detroit police were negligent in their initial investigation.

  5. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    MATTOON — The bones of an unidentified murder victim that were featured on a 1993 episode of "Unsolved Mysteries" were recently found to be the remains of a man with Mattoon and Decatur ties.

    The identification of Joseph J. Mulvaney Jr., who was killed in 1960, resulted from efforts by his granddaughter, Shelley Statler of Waukee, Iowa, and other family members to learn about his fate. Statler is continuing to research her grandfather, including seeking information about his years in Mattoon and Decatur and about whether she still has any family members in this area.

    The Hot Springs County Sheriff's Office in Thermopolis, Wyo., in a statement that the case originated on March 31, 1992, when a skeleton was found in a footlocker trunk in its jurisdiction. Investigators later determined that the person who had been placed in the trunk had been shot in the head, police said.

    "Unsolved Mysteries" featured the investigation into the bones during a Feb. 24, 1993, episode. The Hot Springs Sheriff's Office, with the help of the Wyoming State Crime Lab, continued to investigate this case to try to identify the victim over the years.

    The sheriff's office reported that a DNA sample was obtained Oct. 19, and this led to a DNA match and the bones being identified on Oct. 26 as the remains of Mulvaney.

    Statler said the desire to learn about her grandfather motivated her family to submit this DNA sample to investigators.

    "Personally, I really wanted to get to the bottom of it," Statler said. "I just felt like I had to do this."

    Statler said her mother, Kathryn Guynn Mulvaney, was about 6 years old in 1960 when she saw her father for the last time. Statler said her grandfather was a railroad worker in California at the time and had traveled to visit his children in Des Moines, Iowa, where his ex-wife was living.

    Mulvaney's three children never saw him again, and his family never filed a missing person report with the police, Statler said. His children had grown up suspecting that their father became the victim of foul play during his visit to Des Moines, she said.

    The Hot Springs Sheriff's Office reported that investigators suspect that Mulvaney was killed by a male family member who buried the body in a trunk in Iowa. The suspect reportedly later dug up this trunk and moved it with him to Wyoming. This suspect reportedly committed suicide years later, the sheriff's office said.

    Much more on this interesting story at link -------------> http://herald-review.com/news/local...cle_dfa430ad-9d02-5362-b343-2d379b31ddab.html
  6. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. - A family that has waited 27 years to learn what became of their 78-year-old loved one who disappeared from a Gainesville neighborhood can finally lay her to rest after local and state investigators positively identified the woman's remains, authorities said Thursday.

    Ella Mae Williams, who suffered from dementia, was reported missing when she didn't return to her home on Southeast 20th Street on March 25, 1990.

    Detectives from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and Gainesville Police Department Cold Case, working with officials from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, were recently able to identify remains found in March 2001 near Payne's Prairie -- about two miles from her home -- as Williams.

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  7. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Remains found by deer hunter identified as 26-year-old Virginia woman

    HAWKINS COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- On Nov. 24, at around 1 p.m., the Hawkins County Sheriff's Office responded to East Pumpkin Valley Road, in the Clinch Community, after a report of human remains found in a creek by a deer hunter.

    When deputies and first responders arrived at the scene, they found the body of a badly decomposed female, who was identified as Callie Mahayla Ison, 26, of Big Stone Gap, Virginia. The cause of Ison's death was ruled a homicide.

    The case was active and ongoing as of Friday, and the Hawkins County Sheriff's Office said "all leads [were] being vigorously pursued." The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was assisting the sheriff's office in the investigation as of Friday.

    The sheriff's office also said a person of interest was identified as a result of the investigation.

    Officials said the case was an isolated incident.

    Anyone with information concerning the case was asked to call the Hawkins County Sheriff's Office at 423-272-4848 or central dispatch at 423-272-7121.

  8. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member


    Christine Lott, 33, disappeared from Priest River, Idaho on March 25, 2004. In February 2016, her remains were found along a Forest Service road near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The news wasn't made public until December 2017, when police located her husband, the next of kin, and notified him. Lott's case is being investigated as a homicide. http://www.charleyproject.org/resolved.html
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  9. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    MUNCIE, Ind. – A Muncie family is finally getting some closure.

    Thanks to DNA testing, remains found in Owen County in 1999 have been identified as a 25-year-old who went missing in 1980. The Muncie Police Department says DNA results received on Jan. 16 show the remains “are those of Freddie Faussett Jr, with a great deal of scientific certainty.”

    Police say Freddie was last seen 38 years ago when he left his job at a post office because he said he was ill. He reportedly then called his parents and said “they” were going to kill him and he couldn’t come home. Officers say the man had a history of mental illness and had left home before.

    More at link: http://fox59.com/2018/01/29/remains-found-in-1999-identified-as-muncie-man-who-went-missing-in-1980/
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  10. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    The remains of a risk-taking treasure hunter who vanished in June searching for $2 million in buried gold have been identified, authorities said.

    Eric Ashby was presumed to have drowned in a rafting accident on the Arkansas River in Colorado last June, Fox 21 Colorado Springs reported. A month later a body was found downstream. Last week, a local coroner announced that the body had been positively identified as Ashby’s through DNA.

    Friends said Ashby, 31, of Colorado Springs, died searching for author Forrest Fenn's hidden treasure.

  11. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    Michigan boy missing 40 years found to have been buried in Georgia

    ADRIAN, MI - Using DNA, authorities have identified remains buried in a Georgia "pauper's grave" as those of a 15-year-old Addison High School student missing for nearly 40 years.

    Indications are Andrew Greer ran away from home Feb. 12, 1979. Unbeknowst [sic] to police and his family in Michigan, he died two days later, when he was hit by a semitrailer while hitch-hiking down I-75 near Macon in central Georgia, about 800 miles south of Addison, according to a Tuesday statement distributed by Michigan State Police.

    It was not until December that police linked the "John Doe" killed in the crash and the boy in Addison.

    Decades ago, Greer's mother reported he disappeared from their home on Burton Road in Rollins Township, north of Clayton, and he was last seen on U.S. 127 in Addison, according to a Greer's profile on NamUs, a national information clearinghouse and resource center for missing, unidentified and unclaimed people. The only confirmed final sighting was at the high school. State police investigated, but the case went cold.

    The Lenawee County Sheriff's Office re-opened the inquiry in 2000 and the state police again began an investigation in 2014, but the file never really was closed.

  12. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member


    HOUSTON - New information in a 27-year-old Houston cold case, the remains of Patricia Castillo have been identified.

    Castillo was a vibrant, 21-year-old woman from East Houston when she went missing. She was one of six children known for her big smile. To this day, no one knows why someone would want her dead.

    “She loved to dance and she loved to talk,” remembers her sister, Miranda Moreno.

    It was June 1st, 1991 when Castillo vanished. She was last seen on Delmar Street near her grandmother’s home.

    “She just disappeared. Nobody knew anything. What happened to her that night? Who did this to her?”

    No clues, no arrests and although the case went cold the family kept searching.

    “You would also hear stuff on the news like they found a body or they found a skeleton and you were wondering… is it her? Is that going to be her? Are we going to get the call? And it never was her.”

    Last year, a sibling sent a DNA sample in to the National Institute of Justice, a government database which helps identify remains. Then on August 13th, the family received the news that Castillo’s remains had been found.

    “They called my sister, Trina, and told us that it was a DNA match with remains that they had in the Harris County Cemetery.”

    Moreno says that according to the medical examiner and other records, 8 months after Patricia disappeared her skull was found at the side of Port Houston Street, just 5 miles from where she vanished. The cause of death; blunt force trauma.

    “It was her skull that they found and that’s all that they found. They didn’t find the rest of her body. Didn’t find any other skeletal remains and that’s the hard part.”

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  13. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member


    By Aura Bogado / August 23, 2018

    Eliseo Cárdenas Sánchez was browsing Facebook late one night in March when he landed on a series of photos: snapshots of his father’s identification card and a small pile of bones.

    Cárdenas Sánchez suddenly realized he likely was looking at all that was left of his father, Eliseo Cárdenas Zetina, who disappeared after trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in 2008.

    “It was 2 or 3 in the morning, and I called the number that was posted with the photographs,” said Cárdenas Sánchez, who lives in Ciudad Juárez, a Mexican city near El Paso, Texas. Soon he was talking with Cesar Ortigoza, the man who found his father’s remains in the Arizona desert.

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  14. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Didn't see a thread for him... More good work by DNA Doe Project.


    DDP would like to announce the identification of the “Alfred Jake Fuller” John Doe. We cannot release his name until the agency confirms the identification. The family has been notified, and we extend to them our deepest condolences. No time is a good time to receive news such as this, but the holiday season surely makes it particularly difficult.

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  16. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    One of Georgia’s Jane Does has been identified and her alleged killer arrested.

    On April 23, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and the Moultrie Police Department arrested Michael Heads for the murder of Shada Esther, a Jane Doe found in Banks County, Georgia in 2017.

    GBI forensic artist, Kelly Lawson, has sketched Jane Doe based on the remains that were found in Banks County in February 2017.

    On Aug. 25, 2016, the Moultrie Police Department requested the GBI to assist with a missing person investigation after Esther did not pick up her three children at the school bus stop on Aug. 23, 2016.

    That investigation determined that she was last with her live-in boyfriend, 49-year-old Michael Heads.

    According to the GBI, Heads left Moultrie and traveled to Atlanta within an hour of Esther’s last contact with anyone else.

    With the assistance of the GBI Region 10 field office in Conyers, Georgia, and the Gwinnett County Police Department, Heads was interviewed and his vehicle was processed for evidence.

    However, he was not taken into custody at that time and he then moved to Slidell, Louisiana.

    In February 2017, a female’s remains were found in Banks County, one mile off Interstate 85.

    The GBI Region 11 field office in Athens, Georgia was requested by the Banks County Sheriff’s Office to process a scene.

    Problem was, investigators had few clues to identify her. She had no face, no fingerprints, and no voice.

    They only found her bones, some scraps of clothing and jewelry.

    So, they called her Jane Doe.

    Her true identity had been stripped away by years of exposure to the elements and neglect.

    Jeremy Howell, special agent and crime scene specialist with the GBI, was determined to understand who she was, where her story began, and why it ended in such a rural resting place.

    Leading the investigation into who Jane Doe was, he said they hoped someone would recognize the evidence they found alongside her bones, which were scattered throughout the woods just yards off Highway 59, in Commerce, Georgia, and within earshot of one of Georgia’s busiest interstates with several exit points full of trees, brush and thick countryside to cover a crime or dump a body.

    Much more at link ---------------------> https://www.11alive.com/article/new...-name/85-7994d0c0-1342-4706-ba22-e457f62c6751
  17. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    Andrew Jackson Greer Jr., of Clayton, vanished Feb. 12, 1979, after leaving Addison High School and failing to return home. Michigan State Police officials said in a news release that the cold case was reopened in 2014 with the help of new technology and resources.

    “A forensic analyst from the Center for Human Identification at the University of North Texas today confirmed that DNA from a ‘John Doe,’ who was buried in a pauper’s grave in Macon, Ga., in 1979, matches Greer’s DNA,” officials said in the release.

    The positive identification came just three days after what would have been Greer’s 55th birthday.


    Andrew Jackson Greer Jr., 15, of Clayton, Michigan, is seen in an array of photos, including a age progression of what he might have looked like as an adult. Greer vanished Feb. 12, 1979, after leaving Addison High School and failing to return home. His whereabouts remained a mystery until this week, when DNA positively identified remains buried in a Macon, Georgia, pauper's grave as those of Greer. The teen was struck and killed Feb. 14, 1979, while hitchhiking along Interstate 75 near Macon.
    Photo: The Charley Project
    The Daily Telegram in Adrian, Michigan, reportedthat Greer, who apparently ran away from home after getting in trouble at school, was hitchhiking through Georgia two days after his disappearance when he was struck by a semi truck along Interstate 75 near Macon.

    The teen, who reportedly had only candy bars and taffy on him when he died, was trying to cross the interstate when he was struck, the Telegram reported. Another truck driver told investigators in Georgia that he’d given the hitchhiker a ride in the Atlanta area.

    Michigan State Police Detective Larry Rothman told the Telegram that the teen told the driver he was traveling to Key West, Florida, to visit relatives. Greer had family living there at the time.

    The boy even gave the truck driver a name before they parted: Drew Greer.

    The details of the Georgia investigation never made it to Michigan at the time, and the unidentified young man was eventually buried in Evergreen Cemetery.

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    Another investigation in 2000 failed to turn up information on Greer’s whereabouts, Michigan State Police officials said. The cold case was reopened in 2014, at the urging of Greer’s family, with the hope that new technology could help find the missing teen.

    Anthony Strickland, a retired Bibb County deputy who, as a young officer, had seen Greer buried in an unmarked grave in April 1979, took a look at the case in 2017 and linked it to Greer’s disappearance, the Telegram reported.

    He compared notes with Rothman, and their information fit, the newspaper reported. Rothman traveled to Georgia and the long-buried body was exhumed.

    “A DNA sample was taken from ‘John Doe’ at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and sent to the Center for Human Identification for comparison,” the troopers news release said. “The results concluded that it was 1.9 trillion times more likely that the DNA from ‘John Doe’ was that of Greer than not. Together, the DNA results and police reports conclude they are one in the same.”

    Greer’s half brother, John Bowman, told the Telegram that he believed authorities had found his brother in February, when the remains were exhumed.

    “I felt confident when we got the news in February about what they found then that it was him,” Bowman told the newspaper.

    Bowman, who was just 4 years old when his older half brother vanished, told The Detroit News the family plans to have Greer’s remains cremated and returned to Michigan, where they will hold a memorial service.

    Unfortunately, the brothers’ mother died last year never knowing what happened to her son.

    “It was my trying to help my mom find that answer that led us to this place,” Bowman told the News. “Hopefully, she knows the truth today.
  18. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    Authorities are seeking the public’s help in identifying a woman struck and killed by a train early Tuesday morning in McDowell County.

    The incident occurred at a crossing in the downtown section of Iaeger, Sgt. R.A. Daniel, commander of the State Police Welch detachment, said.

    Daniel said the State Police received a call at 3:39 a.m. that a female walking on the tracks had been struck by a Norfolk-Southern train.

    The unit was traveling westbound on the railway “when it encountered a person walking on the railroad tracks,” Daniel said. “The rail unit was unable to stop and struck the person whom was later pronounced deceased on scene.”

    The victim is a white female, possibly 30 to 40 years old, with long brown hair, Daniel said. She is approximately 5-feet, 6-inches tall, and weighs around 125 pounds.

    “The female, listed currently as Jane Doe, was wearing blue jeans and a black, long-sleeve ‘AERO’ hoodie with white and light blue colored stripes on the sleeves,” Daniel said.

    Daniel said the State Police is seeking assistance in identifying the female, adding, “information should be held confidential pending notification to the next of kin.”

    Anyone with information on the identify of the victim is asked to contact the State Police Welch detachment at (304) 436-2101.

    — Contact Samantha Perry at sperry@bdtonline.com
  19. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    AKRON An Akron man was struck and killed by a train late Friday afternoon near East Bartges Street and South Broadway at downtown’s southern edge, police said.

    The man was identified by the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office as 48-year-old Tommy Atkins, a homeless man. Atkins died of multiple trauma to extremities, a spokesman for the office said Monday.

    According to police, Atkins had climbed onto a southbound train that was stopped on the tracks. He jumped off the southbound train into the path of a northbound train.

    He was pronounced dead at the scene, which is near Metro Regional Transit Authority’s Robert K. Pfaff Transit Center.

    Akron police and fire personnel and representatives of CSX, the company that operates the train, were on the scene Friday afternoon.

    A man struck and killed by a train just south of Sunbury on Sunday was walking on the tracks and did not appear to hear the train horn behind him, an eyewitness said.

    Now the Northumberland County Coroner is asking for the public’s help in determining the victim’s identity.

    The fatality occurred at about 3:50 p.m. on the Norfolk Southern Railway tracks parallel to Route 147, about 100 yards north of Brush Valley Road in Lower Augusta Township.

    The witness, Brennan Davi, 17, of Sunbury, said he was driving south on Route 147 when he saw a man walking north on the tracks. The northbound train was about 100 feet behind the man and the engineer was blowing the horn.

    “He stumbled a little bit,” Davi said. “He didn’t bother to look behind him.”

    At first, Davi wasn’t quite sure the train had hit the man.

    “The train passed. I didn’t know if he got off on the other side,” he said. “The train passed and I saw the body.”

    Coroner James F. Kelley said the unidentified white male, believed to be his 40s or 50s, was pronounced dead of multiple blunt force trauma injuries. A tattoo on his upper back read “White Boy,” said Kelley, who responded to the scene with Chief Deputy Coroner James R. Gotlob. State police at Stonington and the state police Forensic Services Unit also responded, along with emergency medical personnel.

    The engineer stopped the train north of the accident scene, just before where the tracks pass under Route 147, just south of Sunbury.

    Kelley asked that anyone with information about the victim to contact him through the Northumberland County Communications Center at 570-988-4539.

    State police and the coroner said late Sunday night that the investigation is ongoing.
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  20. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    Aaron Groome is the third teen and fourth person to die in a train-related death in the past year in southern end of county

    CHESTERFIELD — County police said the pedestrian killed last week by a train near Colonial Heights was a homeless teenager.

    A police spokeswoman identified the victim as Aaron Groome, 16, of no permanent address. He was killed May 8 while walking along the railroad tracks near a gated crossing on Woods Edge Road.

    The accident and subsequent investigation blocked traffic on both sides of the crossing for about an hour. The crossing is approximately a half-mile from Woods Edge Road’s intersection with Jefferson Davis Highway and about two miles north of Colonial Heights.

    Police have not released how the teen got into the area or a motive for him being on the tracks. He was walking southbound with his back to the train that hit him.

    The tracks on which Groome was killed is part of a major north-south railroad corridor used by freight trains and Amtrak. Despite their public view, train tracks are considered private property.

    Groome’s death was the fourth train-related death along that stretch of tracks in a year. In May 2018, two teens were killed by an Amtrak train as they attempted to cross the tracks near Chester Village Green. Last February, an Ettrick man was found dead alongside the tracks in that same area, and police suspect he was at least partially struck by a train.
    https://www.progress-in dex.com/news/20190515/chesterfield-police-id-train-victim-as-homeless-teen

    SUNBURY – An unidentified man walking along railroad tracks just south of Sunbury was hit and killed by a train Sunday afternoon. Northumberland County Communications tells us the incident was first reported just before 4 p.m. along Norfolk Southern railroad tracks in Upper Augusta Township, Northumberland County.

    County communications says it was in the area of Route 147 and Brush Valley Road. Northumberland County Coroner James Kelley says the victim is believed to be in his 40s or 50s, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Kelley says a tattoo on the victim’s upper back had the words, “White Boy.” Stonington state police say the victim was walking north in the middle of the tracks when he was struck. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the coroner via county communications at 570-988-4539.

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