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Postal Worker Struck, Killed By Train

August 31, 2023
FILE PHOTO: A United States Postal Service (USPS) truck is seen in the rain in Manhattan during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City, New York, U.S., April 13, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

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The Webster Groves Police Department continues to investigate the death of a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier whose body was discovered on Wednesday, Aug. 23, by a Union Pacific Railroad employee.

Webster Groves police report that the man was struck by a train in the area of Berry Road and Bonita Avenue. Circumstantial evidence indicates the man took his own life, according to Capt. Stephen Spear.

Officers responded to the scene at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 23 for a report of an unresponsive person. Officers were told that a railroad employee had located the man while conducting a heat inspection of the railway. A nearby U.S. Postal Service van had been left locked and unattended for hours.

“A white male, age unknown, had been struck by a train and was deceased,” Spear said. “All circumstantial evidence is indicative of suicide and no foul play is suspected. However, a death investigation is being conducted to confirm the nature of the incident.”

The Webster Groves Police Department would not confirm that the man was a mail carrier, but the Times was able to verify his employment through several other sources.

Jennifer Kirschten, a Webster Hills resident, said she was deeply saddened upon hearing about the death of the mail carrier.

“He was a dear, sensitive young man and we were very fond of him,” said Kirschten. “He always stopped to pet my kitties, which I think says a lot about a person. He always had a smile on his face.”

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