The Bell County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the discovery of a body in the right of way of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks running just outside Fort Hood.
BNSF spokesman Ben Williamson issued a statement saying that the railroad’s agents responded to the area along Veteran’s Memorial Boulevard after they received a call at 10:45 a.m. regarding a deceased person on their property.
The body was found next to the tracks about 3/4 of a mile west of South Fort Hood Street along Business U.S. 190, just outside the fence of Fort Hood.
The Bell County Sheriff’s Department says the man’s cause of death is not known at this time and Justice of the Peace Bill Cook ordered an autopsy at the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Investigators know who the man is, but won’t release his name until his family has been notified.
Major T.J Cruz with the Bell County Sheriff’s Department said the deceased person does not appear to be associated with Fort Hood.
Railroad officials are assisting the Sheriff’s Department in the investigation but say the local department is taking the lead in the case.