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Dead Body Found in Metro Station

Metro Transit Police are investigating a death after the body of a white male, described as in his early 30s, was found in the Franconia-Springfield Metrorail station around 3 p.m. today.

Foul play is not suspected in the death, according to a preliminary investigation.

The station, located in Springfield, serves the Blue Line. Metro service is not affected, according to a Metro press release.

-- David P. Marino-Nachison

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 4, 2009; 4:43 PM ET
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Does he get to use the seats for the disabled?

Posted by: BaracksTeleprompter | June 4, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

That's not a dead body. Its just the station manager going about his duties. Easy mistake to make.

Posted by: hisroc | June 4, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Isn't 'dead body' a bit redundant? I think 'body' would be enough to get the point across that the person was not alive. Otherwise, you might say 'Man Found in Metro Station', but then that would not be much of story.

Posted by: skipper7 | June 4, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

He probably didn't have enough for "exit fare" and was waiting for Metro Police to come let him out - which may mean he was there for days or weeks.

Posted by: Juanito2 | June 4, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

...I'm sorry, foul play is not suspected because it's normal for 30 year old white males to be found dead in the FS metro of natural causes?

Posted by: dubya19391 | June 4, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

'foul play not suspected' is code for we know why he died, we're just not saying, and its pretty apparent what happened, we're just not saying, and its either an accident or deliberate on his part, we're just not saying. yet. so he either slipped in the men's bathroom and hit his head and suffered a fatal stroke, or most likely he died from suicide or drug od or known medical problem.

Posted by: wpost456 | June 4, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

I feel sorry for this guy's family, but who wrote this, an 8th grader?

Posted by: 1SkyTrooper | June 4, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Agree with 1SkyTrooper on both points. Soooo, babies are born every day and people, sadly, die every day. This particular event is newsworthy in, WHY?

Posted by: D_E_V_O | June 4, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse


I presume that you are alive. As such, you have a body. When you are in a room, there is a body in that room. When someone refers to you as part of a group, he or she can say "everybody." Bodies can be live or dead. Hence, specifying the condition of that body is not redundant, but indeed provides useful information about that body's state.

Posted by: tmp2234 | June 4, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

It's a transportation/traffic column/blog (Get There). The body was found in a Metro station at 3PM on a weekday. Even though it supposedly didn't affect service, pretty obvious why it's written up here.

Posted by: capsfan77 | June 4, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

That's not a dead body. Its just the station manager going about his duties. Easy mistake to make.

Posted by: hisroc | June 4, 2009 6:52 PM |


That is so WRONG (funny!).

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | June 4, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

"Body Found in Metro Station Restroom" implies dead to me, otherwise you would write something like "Injured Man Found..." or "Man Discovered...", both which imply alive and not dead. When do you ever hear about a body being discovered and it is anything other than dead? You could use adjectives like mutilated or decomposed, but in the end they are gonna be dead.

Posted by: skipper7 | June 5, 2009 12:08 AM | Report abuse

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