Texarkana Police investigating after body found hanging from tree near railroad

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UPDATE – Police Have Identified the body found today as a 32 year old homeless man from Dierks, Arkansas. His family has been notified and told investigators that they had not heard from him since late last year. Because it is believed to be a suicide, a name will not be released.

TEXARKANA, TEXAS – The Texarkana Texas Police Department responded to the report of a body hanging in a tree today along the Kansas City Southern Railroad’s tracks south of the 1100 block of College Drive.

A railroad crew, who was working on the tracks in the secluded area, noticed something hanging in a tree that they initially believed to have been a leftover Halloween decoration at approximately 10:30 this morning. Upon closer examination, they discovered it to be a badly decomposed human body.

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It is believed that the body had been at that location for an extended period of time. Due to its advanced decomposition state, it was not immediately possible to determine the race or sex of the person.

Investigators are working to determine the identity of the person and the cause of death. The body has been sent to Dallas for an autopsy.

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