WEED, Calif. — Further investigation has revealed that a man found dead along Siskiyou County railroad tracks on December 26 had head injuries, and investigators have reason to believe he was a passenger on a southbound train prior to his death.
The man was identified as 50-year-old David Rivas from Pasadena, California.
According to the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office, Rivas was traveling home from North Dakota on a train the last time he contacted family members.
An autopsy confirmed Rivas was not the victim of a gunshot wound. At this time there is no evidence of assault.
Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office detectives are working with railroad officials and family members to obtain more detailed information about Rivas' trip, timelines and activities prior to his death.
Someone reported a "possible dead body" near the tracks shortly after 9 a.m. on December 26. The report said that it was located less than a mile east of the Andesite Railroad Crossing — near Military Pass Road, about 1.8 miles south of Highway 97.
A SCSO sergeant and deputy arrived at the scene and found a dead man lying near the tracks. They soon called in the Major Crimes Unit so that detectives could begin and investigation.
"A train initially stopped at the location," the Sheriff's Office said. "A Union Pacific Police Officer later responded and arrived at the site."
Detectives conducted an investigation of the crime scene, and investigators were working with Union Pacific to continue looking into the case. The dead man's ID showed an address outside of the county, the Sheriff's Office said prior to Rivas' identification.
"There is no indication of an immediate threat to county residents; however, the case is being handled as a suspicious death," the Sheriff's Office said at the time.
This case remains under investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the SCSO 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.