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Police Identify Man Whose Arm Was Found in Springfield Rail Yard

The detached arm belonged to a man who stepped in front of a train in Montana.

February 10, 2012|by Chris Brewer / Follow me on Twitter: @iamchrisbrewer

A days-old mystery that came to be after an arm was found severed at a Springfield rail yard has come to a close after police on Friday morning said it belonged to a Montana man who committed suicide.

Springfield Police public information officer Matt Brown said in a news release that the arm, which was found severed just below the elbow, belonged to 29-year-old William E. Escudero of Libby, Mont.

The Greene County Medical Examiner's office asked for help from the Missouri State Highway Patrol's forensic lab, and a fingerprint analysis identified Escudero. The local sheriff's department in Libby, Montana confirmed Escudero stepped in front of a train there and took his own life.

The arm appeared to have been caught in the undercarriage of the train and wasn't found when officers investigated the incident in Montana, the release said.

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The arm was found Monday at the rail yard in the 1700 block of North Kansas Expressway.

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