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Police await cause of death of Geneva woman

Published: Monday, July 7, 2014 10:07 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 7:49 a.m. CDT

GENEVA – Police on Monday awaited to hear the cause of death of a Geneva woman found Sunday on railroad tracks on the city’s east side.

Police found the body of Kathleen M. King, 32, on Sunday morning on the Union Pacific Railway tracks. Officers responded to a report of a woman laying on the tracks at 6:50 a.m. Sunday, south of Esping Park, 227 Briar Lane, according to a Geneva police news release.

The Geneva Police Department’s investigation into King’s death is ongoing, and nothing regarding the death is being ruled out at this point, Police Cmdr. Julie Nash said Monday afternoon.

“There are some questions that have to be answered that we don’t have answers to at this time,” Nash said. “We won’t be able to proceed until we have the cause of death from the [Kane County] Coroner’s Office.”

Messages left with Kane County Coroner Rob Russell were not immediately returned Monday.

A Metra conductor on a train traveling on Track No. 1 observed a female later identified as King laying on Track No. 2, the southernmost set of tracks, according to the news release.

King was found less than half a mile from where she lived on the 800 block of Oak Street in Geneva, according to police. She had a family, including children, Nash said.

The area of railroad tracks where King was found is partially gated, but there also is an ungated part with high brush around it, Nash said.

The Union Pacific Police, Metra Police and the Kane County Coroner’s Office also are investigating the incident.

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