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Police: Body found on railroad tracks in Oxford, Ohio identified as Miami University student

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OXFORD, Ohio -- Authorities identified the Miami University student found dead on railroad tracks over the weekend as Jacob S. Jarman.

Jarman, 19, was a Greenwood Village, Co. sophomore who lived on campus in Hahne Hall. He transferred to Miami University after attending his freshman year at a college in Colorado.

A man walking along the tracks found Jarman dead on Saturday morning.

Philip Tharp told police he was walking to a nearby McDonald's when he noticed a boot on the track near Beach and Central roads. A few feet away Tharp noticed Jarman’s body. He returned to his girlfriend's apartment to report the discovery. Police, along with Tharp and his girlfriend, arrived on the scene at 9:12 a.m.

Oxford police estimated Jarman was struck at about 3 a.m.

"I came outside this morning and some girl was crying hysterically then, seeing me, she came up and talked to me and told me she had just found someone dead," said Brad Day who lives near the tracks.

The Butler County Coroner’s Office performed an autopsy and toxicology screening Monday.

Miami University police and CSX railroad personnel were also involved in the investigation.
Oxford police confirmed a train was involved in his death.

Jarman’s family identified him and returned to Colorado where the Miami student will be buried.

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