Victim Of 1980 Train Accident Is Identified

(Cleveland) - The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office has solved a cold case from 37 years ago.

A man hit by a train in Berea in 1980 has been identified as James Francis Williams, who, at the time, lived in Grand Haven, Michigan.

When Williams was hit by the train, he had no identification on him, and there had been no report of a missing person fitting his description.  It was only recently, when Berea Police provided the corpse's fingerprints to the medical examiner, and those fingerprints were matched up through a federal computer database that didn't exist when Williams died.

Christopher Harris of the medical examiner's office says it's believed that Williams was passing through the Cleveland area at the time he died, and may have shifted between Michigan and Florida, possibly as a migrant farm worker.  His vital statistics were on file in Michigan.

Williams' family was notified, and provided the photo you see here.

(Photo courtesy Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office)

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Tom Moore has been a news anchor and reporter for Newsradio WTAM 1100 since 1995. He has won a number of awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Press Club of Cleveland, and The Associated Press.

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