Body found: Police expand search

LAWRENCEVILLE - Police have expanded their efforts nationwide to identify a young woman found dismembered near railroad tracks in Lawrenceville this week.

The woman, described as black and in her late teens, was not carrying identification when police found her remains Monday afternoon near the intersection of Gloster Road, Oak Road and a double set of raised tracks, police said.

Police continue to investigate the death as a homicide.

"We have put out her description to surrounding agencies" and a national database, Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli said. "That's really what we have to go on at this time."

Police found the woman dismembered near the tracks after a CSX Railroad employee reported something resembling a body Monday, Schiralli said.

The previous night, CSX officials called 911 to report a train operator "struck something on the tracks" in that location, police said. Officers searched the area Sunday night but found nothing.

Schiralli said the exact cause of the woman's death is still unknown. Investigators for the Medical Examiner's Office did not return a call seeking comment Wednesday.

The incident location is lightly populated, dotted with a few industrial businesses and several homes. Nearby residents said freight trains frequently blow through the area at all hours of the day.

Police urge anyone with information about the incident to call the homicide unit at 770-513-5300.