Body found on train tracks: Family calls foul play in loved one's death

THOMSON, Ga. (WJBF) - A family is looking for answers as to what really caused the death of their loved one.

"We know something doesn't smell right, that it happened on the hills that this man was found on the train tracks," said Marcus Coleman.

It's been over a month since the death of 39-year-old Sylvester Stewart.

According to Taliaferro County Sheriff Marc Richards, Stewart's body was found on the railroad track halfway between Martin Luther King Street and Highway 22.

The family doesn't believe his death was by a train. So they brought in help to get answers.

"We came here to not only for the family to meet the individuals that are investigating the death of their loved one, explained Coleman. "We came here to highlight some inconsistencies and red flags, leading up to Sylvester even getting on the track."

The activist from Atlanta and the family met the with GBI Thursday. Coleman says Stewart's family should have been notified as soon as the body was discovered.

"There is no explanation for the family not being notified after the incident," said Coleman. "Once Sylvester's truck, there was found no information provided to the family. These are questions that not only raise concern, but it causes the family extra grieving."

The family is calling the incident foul play. Coleman told NewsChannel 6's reporter Devin Johnson Stewart's past might have played a part in his death.

"His history they are going to smear," explained Coleman.  "I don't care if Sylvester was the worst human being in this world; I have no clue if he was or not. That doesn't give any indication on why we are holding Sylvester Stewart signs out here."

There is still no word on whether Stewart was hit by a train. The family is waiting for the results of the autopsy. 

Stewart's family is having a rally in Taliaferro County on November 24th. They're asking anyone with information about the death to contact the GBI.

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