Apr 3, 2014 9:33 PM by Sam Salzwedel

Daughter found dead on Texas train, Tucson mom suspects foul play

TUCSON - A Tucson woman believes foul play is the reason her daughter's body was found on a train in Texas.

Noreene Walker last talked to her daughter, Bethany Walker, 25, on March 15. On March 17, Bethany's body was found on top of a double level rail car in Mesquite, Texas, near Dallas.

"There's no way that she would have been on top of a train going to Dallas, Texas at night," Walker said. "I absolutely feel that it is foul play. Somebody did this to her."

Tucson Police are calling the death suspicious, but investigators are not calling it a homicide at this time.

A Union Pacific employee found Walker's body when the train stopped in Mesquite, according to Mesquite Police Lt. Bill Hedgepeth.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner ruled the cause of death was from blunt force trauma, according to Hedgepeth.

Union Pacific has surveillance footage that shows Walker on top of the car in El Paso, Texas, but it is not clear if she is alive at that point, according to Hedgepeth.

Mesquite police have handed over the investigation to the Tucson Police Department.

Bethany Walker was from Pleasonton, California, near San Jose. She lived in Tucson about 2 years. She had an 8-year-old son and a 4-year-old daughter.

Noreene Walker said she closed the door on the Tucson Police investigator that delivered the news.

"It doesn't all hit you at one time," she said. "And it's pretty horrific for any parent to have to lose a child, and especially this way."

Bethany Walker was in the process of moving, so she was staying at the freeway motel. Noreene Walker thinks her daughter somehow got on the train near the crossings along 22nd Street.

Noreene Walker said Bethany had mental health and substance abuse problems. She said the system made it impossible to get treatment.

"This is the end result of not getting help," Walker said. "It shouldn't happen to anybody."

Tucson Police are asking anybody with information to call 911 or 88-CRIME.


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