UPDATE: Body Found In Oxford Ruled Suicide

Joseph Eger / Courtesy Princeton High School
Joseph Eger / Courtesy Princeton High School


Update: 8:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 22

The Butler County coroner says the 20-year-old Miami University student hit and killed by a train may have been committing suicide.

The train conductor says he saw someone standing near the tracks as the train approached. The coroner says Eger could have dived under the train to take his own life.

Eger is the second Miami of Ohio student to die from being hit by a train in less than a year.

In April, 19-year-old Beth Speidel was struck and killed by a freight train.

Authorities said she was intoxicated, and five of her friends were charged with helping get her drunk.

Eger was a junior at Miami and a 2005 graduate of Princeton High School. Representatives from Princeton said he played trumpet in the jazz band, took AP classes and played various sports.

Updated: 5:16 p.m. Friday, Oct 19

Oxford Police have identified the body as 20 year old Oxford Student Joseph W. Eger of Sharonville, Ohio.  Police say he may have been struck and killed by a northbound train earlier in the day.

The Butler County Coroner's Office is also investigating the case.

Update: 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19

The body is identified as a white male in his early 20's. Police are not saying if he was student at Miami University pending notification of next of kin.

The cause of death has yet to be determined, but investigators believe the man was hit by a train.

The last train to go through that area was at 7:30 a.m. Friday morning. That train was held up in Indianapolis, Ind. so investigators could look at it.

Original story:

Police are investigating a body found along the railroad tracks in Oxford, Ohio.

The body was found around 11:30 a.m. at Spring St.

Police and the coroner are on the scene.

FOX19 has a crew on the scene and will bring you updated information as it becomes available.