Police in Ames and the Union Pacific Railroad are investigating the death of a young woman early Sunday morning. The woman’s body was found on the Union Pacific railroad tracks in west Ames at around 5:30 by authorities. It is believed that was she was struck by a train earlier in the morning. Several trains had passed through the area.

The Union Pacific Railroad is checking records and tapes of trains that would have passed through Ames during the early morning hours to determine which train may have struck her. According to acquaintances of the young woman, she had been separated from friends at a Campus town gathering earlier in the morning.

It was not known why the young woman was on the railroad tracks. The identity of the woman is being withheld until relatives are notified.

By Pat Powers, KQWC, Webster City