Police have lead in identity of girl

LAWRENCEVILLE - Police late Tuesday said they were close to identifying the

body of a woman found dead last week near railroad tracks in Lawrenceville.

Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli said investigators were at

the home of a person late Tuesday who may be related to the girl.

"We are going to do a DNA test to see if this is the same girl," Schiralli


Ted Bailey, chief forensic investigator for the county, said an autopsy

revealed the woman was killed as a result of impact with the 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.

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