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Investigators close to ID'ing dead woman

LAWRENCEVILLE - Police on Tuesday released a sketch of a woman to assist in identifying the nameless female found dead last week near railroad tracks.

The woman, who was not carrying identification when police found her, is described as black and between 16 and 20 years old, Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli said. She is listed at 5 feet, 2 inches tall weighing about 100 pounds.

She was found wearing designer blue jeans, a gray long sleeve shirt with the number 279 printed on it and black-flip flops, Schiralli said.

Despite scouring national databases of missing persons, police said there have been no positive hits.

"We're hopeful someone may recognize her picture and they will come forward," Schiralli said.

Ted Bailey, chief forensic investigator for the county, said an autopsy revealed the woman was killed as a result of impact with a train.

Police, however, continue to investigate her death as a homicide.

"The incident is still being investigated as a homicide until any evidence surfaces that may prove otherwise," Schiralli said, adding that the exact circumstances surrounding her death are still unknown.

Authorities found the woman's remains Aug. 11 near the intersection of Gloster Road, Oak Road and a double set of raised tracks after a CSX Railroad employee reported something resembling a body.

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 but found nothing.

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

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