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9/27/06-Hawkins

Pathologist Rules Teens' Death As Suicides

New information this afternoon on the 2 teenagers, who died on the train tracks in Hawkins. It's been almost a week and today, a detective with the Hawkins Police Department spoke with the pathologist working this case.  The pathologist told the Detective AJ Randell with the Hawkins Police Department the 2 boys' deaths have been ruled as suicides.   Detective Randell says 17 year old Chris Hill and 15 year old Harry Rutledge suffered extensive head injuries. He says the teens had been watching the trains go by for hours. The detective found bottles of soda and candy wrappers, a wallet and a giant nail near the railroad tracks.  Detective Randell says the engineer of the train saw the boys lying across the tracks. The engineer says, minutes before they were hit the teens curled up into the fetal position.  

"It is going to be ruled suicidal we have ruled out homicide.  Based on injuries and we know they were alive before the train hit them. We have no evidence of foul play," says Detective AJ Randell with Hawkins Police Department.

Detective Randell says the toxicology report should be back in 5 to 6 weeks. However, he doesn't suspect it's going to show anything out of the ordinary.

Karolyn Davis, reporting. kdavis@kltv.com

 

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