Authorities Now Say Teen Was Sleeping On Railroad Tracks

Authorities now say a teenager, found dead Wednesday along some Jones County railroad tracks, apparently fell asleep on the tracks.

Damaris Guzman's father says his 13-year-old daughter apparently ran away with her cousin Monday night.

After speaking with the other child, investigators say it appears the two decided to fall asleep on the railroad tracks off Caswell Station Road and did not get out of the oncoming train in time.

Earlier the district attorney said they believed Guzman was either trying to jump on or off the moving train.

The child's death has been ruled an accident.


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Authorities do not believe foul play was involved in the death of a Kinston teenager whose body was found near some railroad tracks in Jones County Wednesday.

District Attorney Dewey Hudson tells WITN News that the victim was Damaris Guzman of Kinston. He says the 13-year-old girl died from blunt force trauma and believes she was injured while jumping on or off a moving train.

Hudson says the death has been ruled an accident, though there is evidence that someone else was also injured.

The body was found off Caswell Station Road near railroad tracks, not far from the Lenoir County line.

The district attorney says they're in the process of trying to interview others who may have been involved.

More on this developing story on WITN News and witn.com.


The State Bureau of Investigation is in Jones County, after a juvenile female's body was found.

Officials were called to Caswell Station Road near railroad tracks, near the Lenoir County line. That's where the body was found.

An SBI crime scene unit was also at a home on British Road in Jones County, a location also beside railroad tracks.

The SBI said they were called in by the Jones County Sheriff's Office to investigate.


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  • by yasmineee(: on Jan 20, 2012 at 02:26 PM
    Damaris, I was thinking about you... decided to type this and tell you that i miss you like crazy. I know your having a great time with God though(: I love youuu girl and i really wish you were still here to see how wild this world is. It's crazy. I wish i could see you once more. Maybe someday though?<3 RIP beautiful!! You wont ever be forgotten trust me!!!<3 i love and miss youu!!!
  • by Knowing Location: Kinston on Jun 1, 2009 at 07:26 AM
    to Michelle: Jade does not know what she is talking about it was not her boyfirend and he last nothing expect a wonderful cousin we miss her very much and i wish we all knew what really happen
  • by Family Matters Location: Kinston on May 19, 2009 at 07:33 AM
    yep i agree i bet if she was white they would still be trying to figure out what really happen but no because she is hispanic they just wanna leave it just like that we love her and miss her so much everyone knows being hit by that train is not the whole story its not even part of it and whoever did this is what they wanted they wanted it to close like this and we are not going to let it happen she is to much of an angel just to say goodbye to
  • by BRIAN Location: KINSTON on May 18, 2009 at 12:58 PM
    THIS IS THE FATHER OF DAMARIS AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OF THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE KEPT US IN THERE PRAYERS MY DAUGHTER IS IN A BETTER PLACE WWE WILL ALWAYS MISS HER WE WILL MISS YOU LOVE DADDY
  • by Anonymous Location: kinston on May 18, 2009 at 07:43 AM
    to the person talking about how it sounds fishy her parents were concerned we stayed up two days straight looking for her, we filed a missing persons report monday night an the reason she wasnt found was because she is a hispanic girl and thats the truth.
  • by a friend Location: greenville on May 13, 2009 at 02:11 PM
    my thoughts and prayers are for this girl and her family. RIP in the arms of God, Damaris.You will be missed. :,-(
  • by Mom at Southwood Location: Kinston on May 11, 2009 at 11:38 PM
    My daughters were friends of Damaris, she was a very sweet loving child. To the family I am so sorry you lost this sweet angel but please know she is safe and resting in God's arms. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. RIP Sweetie, we all love you!!
  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on May 11, 2009 at 05:40 AM
    My prayers and my heart is with this family during this difficult time.
  • by Michelle Arias Location: North CArolina on May 9, 2009 at 03:24 PM
    I am very sorry Damaris, i am michelle and i have heard it form school (woodington middle school) and Nick told all this and i almost started to cry. She was like my sister and i love her and miss her with all my heart. She was very nice, funny, she smiles a lot, and she is very smart. I known her every since 2 grade and i use went to hwe church. I know she is in heaven and she is god's beautiful angle. Me and Mimi miss u. I am going to pry to her family. I am very sorry Brain and Ann. I love all of you and i am going to her funeral. I MISS U AND I LOVE U.!!!!! RIP and i hope her cousin( i think was her boyfriend) fell all better. I think Jade said that he lost a eye and a arm. WELLL BLESS U I LOVE U MICHELLE
  • by Chasity Location: NC on May 9, 2009 at 11:43 AM
    I think people shouldn't judge a girl just b/c of what happened to her!! Damaris was a great girl so before ppl go judging her they need to learn more facts about her!!! She was a great friend to me and alot of other kids like me!!!!!!!!!!WE LOVE AND MISS YOU DAMARIS!!!
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