Detective assigned to case of body found on railroad tracks

YOUNGSTOWN — The coroner’s office has a tentative identification from the wallet of a black man, believed to have been 66 years old, who was found dead Monday along CSX railroad tracks, and it will try to confirm it using dental records, a coroner’s investigator said this morning.

A CSX conductor told police he found a dead man with a revolver in his right hand during a routine inspection of the railroad tracks off Wilson Avenue near the Himrod Expressway bridge at 11:38 a.m. Monday.

Police said animals had eaten part of the left side of the body, but Courtney Bouchie, a Mahoning County coroner’s investigator, said she wasn’t yet sure whether the damage was from animals or decomposition. An autopsy was to be performed later today.

Bouchie said she could give no estimate of the length of time the man had been dead when found, nor could she provide a cause of death or ruling.

The man was wearing blue work boots, a bluish-gray jacket, blue work pants and a red shirt. Detectives, the crime lab and Bouchie were dispatched to the scene.

The case is being investigated by city Detective Darryl Martin.

For the complete story, read Wednesday's Vindicator and

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