SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- City police matched a severed arm found on Monday next to railroad tracks to a man who killed himself in Montana last month. The arm appears to have been caught in the undercarriage of a coal train and dislodged in Springfield.
A Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway employee found the left arm near Kansas Expressway at Division Street. It was severed below the elbow. Police found no other indictions of foul play at the scene.
The Greene County Medical Examiner's Office asked the Missouri State Highway Patrol's forensic laboratory to do a fingerprint analysis. That matched the arm to William Escudero, 29, of Libby, Mont.The sheriff's department says Escudero stepped in front of a westbound train near Libby on the night of Jan. 14. Officers there searched for body parts but didn't find the arm.