The body of a man found dead by the Union Pacific Railroad tracks in the Central area early Thursday has been sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Tulsa. Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart said it is hoped the medical examiner can determine the cause of death and even the man’s identify.
Lockhart said the deceased appeared to be a drifter and was not known to local law enforcement agencies.
“He had a Choctaw identification in his pocket, but I talked to the man (identified by the ID) this morning and he said his house was burglarized on Sept. 2 in LeFlore County. Apparently the deceased had been burglarizing homes,” Lockhart said.
Lockhart said it appeared the dead man was struck by a train. The man’s body was at first seen laying by the tracks by employees on an Union Pacific train at about 6:45 a.m. Thursday, but they did not believe the train hit him.
Lockhart said, “It appeared he may have been hit by the step on the engine. He had a head injury. He may have slipped or been asleep by the tracks.”
The man’s name remains a mystery. Lockhart described him as between 40 and 50 years old, with a dark complexion. He has a long black and gray beard.
Lockhart said the medical examiner will run his fingerprints, which is hoped will reveal the man’s identity.
The Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death with the assistance of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Lockhart said the Union Pacific Railroad will also investigate the death since it apparently occurred on railroad property.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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