UPDATE: Suspicious death in Fairview declared suicide, police say
Police now say a dead body found near the railroad tracks on Thursday, May 11 in Fairview died of a "self-inflicted injury."
The identity of the victim is not being released out of respect for the victim and his family, police say.
"We do keep the victim and his family in our thoughts and prayers as this is a very tragic and sad situation," Fairview Chief of Police Harry Smith wrote in a press release. "We also extend our thanks to Sheriff Michael Reese who personally came to the scene to ensure we had adequate resources to complete the investigation."
Police received the initial call from a railroad employee yesterday around 10:50 a.m. The body was discovered near the railroad bridge overpass on Northeast 223rd Avenue, north of Townsend Way.
Police say the unusual spot of the body, plus evidence of "homicidal violence" prompted the initial investigation by the East County Major Crimes Team. Over time, police located more witnesses and evidence which suggested the death was self inflicted.
The Medical Examiner's office has now confirmed that ruling.
No further updates are expected from police regarding this news story.