Police identify burned body found on SEPTA train

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A SEPTA commuter rail train in the city center.
Mitch Goldman
PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia police have identified a burned body found on top of a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority commuter train as 15-year-old Raekwon Jones, a resident of the western Philadelphia suburb of Mill Creek.

Jones' remains were found around 8 a.m. last Friday as the train entered Jefferson Station downtown. His official cause of death is not determined, but the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that a source close to the investigation says that he was likely electrocuted after accidentally touching the pantographs that carry 12,000 volts.

The Philadelphia Fire Department arrived at the station around 1 a.m. Friday morning to respond to a fire alarm likely set off by Jones' electrocution, but did not locate his body at that time.

The newspaper reports that Jones was likely a runaway, based on an entry posted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children profiling a person of the same name and age missing in Philadelphia.

SEPTA's trains all bear warnings about the high voltage carried in the pantographs. It is unknown why Jones climbed on top of the train.
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