Pinal County authorities request help in identifying deceased man

Nickolas Harris

pinal-countyAuthorities are asking for the public’s assistance in attempting to identify a deceased male subject. The subject is believed to have been an unauthorized passenger that fell or was otherwise attempting to jump off of a train and recently died as a result of injuries sustained.

On Mon., Feb. 16, 2015 at approximately 10:49 am, employees from Union Pacific Railroad contacted the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office to report their discovery of a subject lying on the ground beside their train tracks, near Jimmie Kerr Blvd. and Casa Verde Rd., Casa Grande, AZ. The reporting party indicated that the subject was injured.

When Pinal County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on scene, the individual was lying on the ground, appeared to be disoriented and was attempting to stand up. It was apparent the subject had substantial facial trauma to the right- side of his face. Emergency medical crews responded and the male subject was air lifted to Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix for treatment.

On Thurs., Feb. 19, Saint Joseph’s Hospital staff advised PCSO that the subject was not doing well and, according to the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office, he was pronounced deceased on Sat., Feb. 21.

Upon the arrival of Union Pacific Police officers, they confirmed they inspected the train in Tucson and no subjects were discovered. It is therefore believed he may have boarded or attempted to board the train while in the Tucson/Marana- or Picacho-areas.

The Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office describes the subject as a 5’6” to 5’9”, 144 pound, Caucasian or possibly Hispanic male, 15 to 21 years of age. He has a “C”-shaped scar on his right ankle, a 2-inch scar on his left upper-arm, and a 2-inch scar on right lower quadrant. He also possessed a slight chip on a front tooth.

Sheriff Babeu stated, “Deputies have been working closely with the Union Pacific Police officers and Phoenix Police Department attempting to identify this individual. We are now turning to the public in hopes of being able to ensure this young man’s family is notified of his unfortunate passing.”

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