Authorities identify body found near train tracks in Tuscaloosa

Authorities identify body found near train tracks in Tuscaloosa

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TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

The body of a man found near train tracks in Tuscaloosa has been identified.

Darrell Aikens, 35, of Meridian, Miss., was discovered Monday, Dec. 30, between a water treatment plant and some train tracks near Kauloosa Avenue.

Authorities believe Aikens came to Tuscaloosa shortly after Christmas. Aikens cause of death is still unknown while investigators complete an autopsy.

Lt. Kip Hart with the Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Unit describes Aikens as a black male in his 30's, 5' 6" to 5' 8" tall and 160 pounds. Aikens was dressed in a dark colored Columbia jacket, dark colored type cargo pants and blue tennis shoes.

Authorities also say Aikens has tattoo of the Egyptian anhk symbol was on one arm and the word "world" was on the other arm. He was also wearing a wrist band for pueblopearl.com, a church group based out of Pueblo, Colorado.

Authorities called the church, but no one there knew him. Aikens also doesn't fit the description of anyone missing from Tuscaloosa or any surrounding counties.

"There is no cause of death right now. It did not appear he met with foul play based on the lack of obvious injury to his body," Lt. Hart said Dec. 30.

Officials believe it's possible the man could have fallen after jumping on or off a train and died in the cold. Authorities are still waiting on an autopsy report to determine how he died.

The Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Unit asks anyone who may have been in contact with Aikens to contact them at 205-464-8690 or call CrimeStoppers at 205-752-7867.

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