Bastrop Teen Reportedly Commits Suicide by Train

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Police say two runaway teenagers that were killed by a train as they lay on the tracks in East Texas committed suicide.

Seventeen-year-old Chris Hill of Dallas and 15-year-old Harry Tyrone Rutledge of Bastrop were killed last week by a train traveling about 30 miles per hour through Hawkins.

Hawkins police originally investigated the deaths as homicides, but investigator AJ Randell now says that the deaths have been ruled suicides.

He says a pathologist reviewed autopsies of the teens' bodies and determined they were alive when the train struck them. Police won't see official autopsy results for at least a week and toxicology results will take longer.

The boys were wards of the state who ran away from Azleway Boys' Ranch near Tyler.

Monte Osburn, director of the facility, says he finds it hard to believe the boys would take their own lives.


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