NEW INFORMATION: Crews investigating body found on railroad tracks

By: Amanda Tyler, Megan Lowry Email
By: Amanda Tyler, Megan Lowry Email

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU)- UPDATE 7 PM 2/23/2014 : Chippewa Falls Police continue their investigation after body parts were found on railroad tracks Sunday morning.

The Chippewa Falls Police Department says it got a call of something on the tracks near the intersection of Main Street and Park Avenue Sunday morning.

When officers arrived they found personal items, clothing and body parts belonging to a man.

“This was a lone person walking on the tracks or on the train itself,” Chippewa Falls Police Chief Wendy Stelter said.

Crews spent part of the day Sunday combing the tracks looking for any sign as to who the victim was or why they were on the tracks.

“It’s hard to say at this time why they were there. We hope as we work throughout the day that we will learn information as to who this might have been and why we are in this situation,” Stelter added.

Representatives with Union Pacific, the company that owns the train believed to have hit the victim, say it was headed from Altoona to Mason City, Iowa. Union pacific and the Chippewa Falls Police Department told WEAU 13 News that the train did stall out earlier in the night in the City of Chippewa Falls and train crews did report sighting vandals near the train to police.

“If our train crews see anybody around the train tracks they report it to authorities and that does happen quite often across the system,” Union Pacific Representative Mark Davis said.

Police Chief Stelter says officers did not locate anyone around the train overnight, and it wasn't until later in the morning that a passerby spotted the items on the tracks and called Police.

“It was a while later that those first pieces were found and called in,” Stelter said.

The Chippewa Falls Police Department said they were able to find an identification card on the body. They are working to locate and notify the victim’s family in order to get a positive identification.
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Police have completed searching the scene in Chippewa Falls where body parts were found on a railroad tracks. All intersections and railroad lines have reopened.

Chippewa Falls Police say this is an on going investigation. Police did find an identification card on the body of the deceased but the condition of the body makes it difficult to positively identify the person on the ID alone. No name is being released at this time.

The Chippewa Falls Police Department says around 7 AM Sunday they received a call from a passerby of items on the tracks near Main Street and Park Ave.

Officers say those items appeared to be clothing, personal items and body parts.

A train was stalled on the tracks. Police say it appears the person was hit by the train. It is owned by Union Pacific.

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Roads in Chippewa Falls are now open following an investigation on the railroad tracks near the intersection of Park Avenue and Main Street.

The Chippewa Falls Police Department says roads were reopened just before 1 PM.

Several intersections were closed as crews searched for information surrounding body parts and personal items found on the tracks Sunday morning.
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UPDATE: Chippewa Falls Police Chief Wendy Stelter says the body parts found on the tracks are believed to be from an adult male.

Chief Stelter says the train, owned by Union Pacific has been stopped outside of the city as the investigation continues. She adds that Union Pacific is assisting in the investigation.

Roads in Chippewa Falls will remain blocked off around the area of Park Avenue and Main Street and several other locations for at least two more hours.

Stay with WEAU 13 News for updates on this developing story.

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Original story:
Emergency crews are investigating what appears to be a body parts found on railroad tracks in Chippewa Falls.

The Chippewa Falls Police Department says around 7 AM Sunday they received a call from a passerby of items on the tracks near Main Street and Park Ave.

Officers say those items appear to be clothing, personal items and body parts.

The Chippewa Falls Police Department and Investigators are combing the tracks for more information at this time.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will have much more on our WEAU Twitter and Facebook accounts this afternoon.


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