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December 22, 2009

Officials ask help identifying woman killed by train in Turlock

Authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman who was struck and killed by a train in Turlock this morning. Police are investigating the death as a possible suicide.

The train hit the unidentified woman shortly after 9:30 a.m. on the railroad tracks, just south of Fulkerth Road.

Sgt. Nino Amirfar said the woman apparently ran onto the Union Pacific tracks that run along Golden State Boulevard and lay down seconds before she was struck by the train heading south.

The woman, who appeared to be a transient, was walking east along Fulkerth, said Stanislaus County deputy coroner Steven Wright. He said coroner officials have already contacted homeless shelters but shelter officials did not know who the woman was.

Wright said the woman did not have an identification card or any identifying marks on her body.

Authorities used a fingerprint database but that didn't identify her, either.

Coroner officials described her as a white woman with brown hair, and she appeared to be in her 50s or 60s. She was wearing size 8 white shoes, blue jeans, a purple sweatshirt (size extra-large) and a blue down jacket.

Anyone with information about the identity of this woman is asked to call the Stanislaus County coroner’s office at 567-4500.

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