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Mystery Solved In Death Of Woman Found In River

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Divers search the Saugatuck River after the discovery of a body. Police now say it appears Annette White was accidentally struck by a train. Photo courtesy of Westport Police.

Divers search the Saugatuck River after the discovery of a body. Police now say it appears Annette White was accidentally struck by a train. Photo courtesy of Westport Police.

WESTPORT (CBS Connecticut) – Westport police say information from a train passenger and video footage from the Saugatuck train station  helped them solve the mystery of a woman whose body was found in the Saugatuck River last week.

They now say 46-year-old Annette White,  who had moved  from Maine in July and was unfamiliar with the area,  was crossing the railroad bridge over the river —  but not on the pedestrian walkway and was hit by a train.

The body was found by duck hunters Friday,  with blunt impact injuries to the head, torso and extremities.  At first authorities could not explain the source of the injuries and asked for information from anyone who may have been in contact with the woman.

Detectives reviewing video from the train station spotted a westbound Metro North train stopped on the trestle for about 20 minutes last Thursday, while crew members got out of the train and searched the area nearby.  A passenger on that train told police about the emergency stop,  and police learned more about her possible plans for the evening. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner found injuries to White’s body which were consisten with being struck by the train. Police searching in response to the additional information found Annette White’s earring and cellphone on a bridge pier below where the train had been stopped.

Police now say she appears to have been crossing the bridge when she was struck by a westbound train.

Divers search the Saugatuck River after the discovery of a body. Police now say it appears Annette White was accidentally struck by a train. Photo courtesy of Westport Police.

Divers search the Saugatuck River after the discovery of a body. Police now say it appears Annette White was accidentally struck by a train. Photo courtesy of Westport Police.

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