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UPDATE: Paso Robles police investigating suspicious death of man found on train tracks

Posted at 4:00 PM, May 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-17 21:18:18-04

UPDATE (4 p.m.) – Paso Robles police are investigating the discovery of a man’s body on the railroad tracks as a suspicious death.

A passerby reportedly found the 70-year-old’s body near Pine and 6th Street.

Police say he was lying across the tracks next to his bicycle. They say he had a small amount of blood above his left eye and on his cheek and it appears he had fallen off his bike and hit his head.

Union Pacific Railroad stopped all trains in the area during the police investigation; however, investigators say the man was not struck by a train.

Police say there is no evidence that a crime had occurred, but they are treating the investigation as a suspicious death until further information is obtained from an autopsy.

The man’s name has not yet been released.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to call the Paso Robles Police Department at (805) 237-6464. Anonymous tips can be made by contacting Crime Stoppers at (805) 549-STOP.


UPDATE (10:35 a.m.) – Police say the man whose body was found on the tracks in Paso Robles Friday morning was not struck by a train.

His body was found by a passerby who called authorities at around 8:20 a.m.

Police say the man is a known homeless resident in the city and is estimated to be in his 60s. Police say health issues likely contributed to his death.

His identity will be released once next-of-kin is notified.

Investigators are working to clear the tracks so trains can pass through the area again.


ORIGINAL STORY: Police are investigating after a body was found near the railroad tracks in Paso Robles Friday morning, according to a police dispatcher.

The body was reportedly located near 6th and Pine streets at around 8:40 a.m.

Police remained on scene as of 9:45 a.m.

KSBY has a crew headed to the scene and will have updated information as it becomes available.

It was not immediately known if rail service was impacted by the investigation.