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The Paris Police Department said Tuesday that foul play is unsuspected in the recent death of 18-year old Gage Russell Kennedy, however the official cause and manner of death have not been released yet, as police await the results of a toxicology report.
“The preliminary examination found no injury or trauma, so we await the toxicology report to see if any substances are detected,” Paris Police Chief Bob Hundley said. “No trauma indicates no foul play.”
“That’s what we have until the full exam and tests are completed,” Hundley said.
The full autopsy and toxicology results could take several weeks to be completed, so the investigation will continue.
Kennedy was reported to have last been seen on Thursday night at around 10:30, when he left his residence to walk to a local restaurant where he worked to check his schedule. He never returned home.
His body was found on Sunday evening alongside a rail spur between the streets of 10th NW and W. Center by a person walking on the train tracks who immediately called police.
When police arrived on scene, they had difficulty finding the body, which was on the north side of the tracks, approximately 20 feet down an embankment and well hidden in a thick grove of trees and underbrush, where tree limbs that had fallen during the ice storm had partially blocked the view of the deceased’s location, according to police.
There had been no report of a missing person when the police got involved, but officers were called to a school counselor’s office regarding Mr. Kennedy, at which time they were informed that a friend of his was concerned due to a disturbing text she had received and him not being in school Friday morning.
There will be a memorial service today for friends and family at the North Lamar High School auditorium at 3 p.m.
Stay tuned to eParisExtra.com for more updates in the case as they become available.
By Josh Allen, eParisExtra