Body Found By Train Tracks Off Baytree Identified *UPDATE*

| December 20, 2013

Crime Scene Train Tracks VALDOSTA, GA – The name has been released of the man found in Remerton Tuesday morning struck by a train. Stephen Smith, 45, of Valdosta was identified Thursday afternoon as the man found laying on the side of the train tracks that run across Baytree Road. The investigation is still ongoing and investigators are waiting for autopsy results to help better understand the incident.


The body of a man was found by the train tracks in Remerton shortly after midnight Tuesday morning.

Officials have yet determined why the man was on the railroad tracks. According to officials, the man was either laying on of walking beside the tracks when he was struck by an on coming train. Remerton Police initially responded to the scene, but they called in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for assistance.

The victim is a white male, age 45, according to GBI agent Steven Turner. Investigators believe they know who the man is, but they have yet to release his name to the public. The investigation is still ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to contact Remerton Police Department at (229) 247-2320.

Source: Valdosta Daily Times

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  1. shisheen says:

    Great summary of the incident.

  2. Uncanny… how GBI was called so quickly for assistance to investigate the death of this older, white male.. but “no foul play” was immediately called in the case of young, black male, Kendrick Johnson.

    I suppose Remerton being the scene of the accident makes ALL the difference, huh?

    • kim says:

      amen nikki

    • Carla says:

      It may have been that Remerton is a small agency and only had one detective and maybe only a deputy or two on duty. Either way how about we pray for the family of the victim in this incident. You never know if the family of this person is reading and that’s just plain rude. Vent about your complaints for justice somewhere else and pray for the family that just lost their loved one at Christmas time!!! Geez!

  3. Jeanette says:

    Actually I am Stephen’s sister and thank you very much for the kind thoughts and prayers. They are much appreciated. This has been just a heartbreaking situation for all of us. I do think that what happened with Kendrick was terrible and heightened by the lack of initial investigation. I give thanks that this horrible incident with my brother happened in Remerton rather than in Valdosta because you are spot on about why GBI was called so quickly — due to the small size of the Remerton agency.