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Posted at 03:48 PM ET, 10/03/2011

Metro IDs man found dead near Rockville station

[An earlier version of this story misspelled Benoy Chacko’s last name.]

Metro officials have identified a man found dead on tracks near the Rockville station this past weekend as Benoy Chacko, 37, of Gaithersburg.

Dan Stessel, Metro’s chief spokesman, said it appears Chacko “may have been clipped by a passing train.”

Stessel said rail cars and other equipment that were in that area on early Saturday morning were checked for signs that they had hit someone, but no indications were found. Stessel said “most of [Chacko’s] injuries were internal.”

“He may have made contact with the side of a passing train,” Stessel said.

Stessel said a “preliminary autopsy shows the cause of death was blunt force trauma.”

Metro records show that Chacko entered the system at Shady Grove in the evening and later exited at Dupont Circle, Stessel said. He later re-entered at Dupont. Stessel said police believe the man was alone and are awaiting the results of a toxicology report.

“This individual appeared to have entered the track bed of his own accord from the Rockville station,” Stessel said. “We are still analyzing camera footage.”

Witnesses are asked to contact Metro Transit Police at 202-962-2121.
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