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Cops: Woman Whose Body Was Found In Saugatuck River Likely Struck By Train

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Police divers search the Saugatuck River in Westport, Conn., after the body of Annette White was found there. (credit: Westport Police Department)

Police divers search the Saugatuck River in Westport, Conn., after the body of Annette White was found there. (credit: Westport Police Department)

WESTPORT, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — A woman whose body was found in the Saugatuck River on Friday was likely struck by a Metro-North Railroad train, police say.

The body of Annette White, 46, was found by duck hunters Friday. She suffered blunt impact injuries to the head, torso and extremities, according to authorities.

Police reviewed video footage from the Metro-North’s Saugatuck train station. The video showed a westbound train stopping on the Saugatuck River Bridge for approximately 20 minutes on Thursday, with train personnel exiting and searching around the lead car, police said.

On Monday morning, a passenger on that train who had seen news coverage about White called police describing what the video also appeared to show.

On Monday afternoon, police divers found White’s cellphone and one of her earrings directly below the track where the train stopped.

Her injuries were consistent with someone who had been struck by a train, authorities said. Police believe White, who was not familiar with the area, had been crossing the railroad bridge over the river — but on the opposite side from the pedestrian walkway — when she was struck.

Westport and MTA police are continuing to investigate, but they believe White’s death was accidental.

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