Dead passenger found near railroad tracks

WESTFIELD – A woman’s body was found lying in between the railroad tracks near Pochassic Road over the weekend.
Westfield Police received a call at 7:48 p.m. Saturday night for a medical emergency, according to Westfield Police Capt. Hipolito Nunez.
A passerby saw the body and called police.
Police called the Westfield Fire Department to the scene. According to Westfield Fire Capt. Patrick Kane, Jr., “the patient was assessed and determined to be deceased.”
WFD then left the scene to the WPD, he said.
According to Nunez, an investigation found that one Amtrak train had passed through Westfield that day.
Further investigation showed that Amtrak was missing a female passenger from that train. The female on the tracks was later identified as that same missing passenger.
The Hampden County Medical Examiner’s Office took possession of the body. The cause of death has not yet been determined.
This is an ongoing investigation, Nunez said.
Amtrak was unable to provide comment before deadline.
Staff Writer Christine Charnosky can be reached at [email protected].

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