PRPD rules out foul play in death

Man's body found on railroad tracks

PASO ROBLES Foul play was ruled out in the death of a man whose body was found Friday morning, May 17, on the railroad tracks in Paso Robles, the Paso Robles Police Department reported.

Following an autopsy, the county coroner stated the death was due to natural causes. The deceased male, 70, has been identified as Donald Frank Hughes of Paso Robles.

At approximately 8:40 a.m., EMS personnel and officers from the PRPD received a report of a man lying on the railroad tracks near Pine and 6th streets in Paso Robles.

EMS personnel arrived on scene and located an elderly white male adult approximately 70-years-old lying across the railroad tracks next to his bicycle.

The subject had a small amount of blood above his left eye and on his cheek, PRPD reported. It appeared as if the subject had fallen off his bicycle and struck his head, but were treating the death as suspicious pending an autopsy.

EMS personnel attended to the subject to no avail, and he was pronounced deceased, PRPD reported.

Detectives from the Paso Robles PD as well as the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office responded and conducted an investigation.

The Union Pacific Railroad was contacted and stopped all incoming trains while the investigation was conducted, PRPD reported.

The subject was not struck by a train and there was no obvious evidence that a crime had occurred, PRPD reported.

Anyone with information about this incident or any person(s) involved is urged to call the Paso Robles Police Department at 805-237-6464. Persons wishing to remain anonymous are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers' 24-hour hotline at 549-STOP or by texting “SLOTIPS” plus your message” to CRIMES (274637).


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