The Goldendale Sentinel, Goldendale, WA., April 9, 1953, page 1
RAIL EMPLOYEE DEATH CAUSE STUMPS POLICE
David T. Murray Found Near Track East Of Bingen
After three days of investigation, it was impossible to determine the cause of the death of David T. Murray, 55-year-old gandy-dancer for the S.P. and S. railway, whose body was found Sunday morning along the rail right of way five miles east of Bingen. The discovery of the dead man was made about 7:45 by Mrs. Harry Chandler, cook's helper on one of the section trains. She notified the bookkeeper for the railroad, who in turn summoned Coroner Dick Mitchell of Bingen and Deputy Sheriff John Splawn.
Sheriff E.C. Kaiser arrived on the scene shortly after the find and launched a continuing investigation along with Tat Maolney, special agent for the railway. They could not determine if Murray had been struck by car, train or truck. There was no evidence of foul play, the sheriff said.
Lived At Portland
Murray, a railway section worker for the past several years, was last seen as he alighted from the section train near Lock Lake Saturday at 8 p.m. His body was found near there, ten feet from a rock retainer wall along the highway and nine feet from the railway tracks. He has no known relatives and listed a Portland hotel as his residence when not at work. While on the job he lived in the section train.
Point of the discovery was just west of DuBois lake, Kaiser stated. The investigation is to be pursued further.
Murray, who signed on for work originally from Portland, was born in 1898 at Paducah, Ky. His body was taken to the Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon for final rites. Murray had made a previous statement that both his parents were dead. An employment questionnaire said there was no one to notify in the event of death.
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