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UPDATE: Police Release Identity of Woman Fatally Hit by Train

Police are still searching for clues as to what lead to the death of a Kentucky woman who was struck and killed by a train. Police say Patricia Bowers-Rayle was visiting family.

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Authorities have released the identity of the woman who was struck and killed by a train in Shepherdstown Monday night. Now police are still trying to determine why the woman didn't see an approaching train along German Street that night.

While the Shepherdstown train station was quiet Tuesday morning police were still out searching for clues as to what lead to the death of the Kentucky woman who was fatally hit by the train. Police say Patricia Bowers-Rayle was visiting family.

"We were on the scene approximately three hours last night doing an initial course of the investigation," said Chief David Ransom Jr. of Shepherdstown Police Department. "As of today, we are still continuing the investigation following up leads on this other individual."

Police say it happened just before 10 p.m. Monday. They say a second person was also reported as being nearby during the incident, but after conducting a thorough search no one was found.

"Her last area was down around the tracks," said Ransom Jr. "Right now we have not found another person that was with her at that time. We do have some information that we are following up with a person we suspect was in that area when the incident occurred."

Police are reminding residents to exercise caution when crossing railroad tracks in the area, especially during the night time.

"It's very difficult for them, they can not stop that train on a dime," said Ransom Jr. "If they do see somebody on or near the tracks it's going to take them a while to get the train at a complete stop."

Shepherdstown police say at this time, foul play is not suspected. They are awaiting a toxicology report from the medical examiner's office. The case is still under investigation.

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