Coroner asking for help to identify suicide victim

Published 9:10 am Sunday, August 5, 2018

Update 8-9-18: The man has been identified as Aidan Quinton Tanguis, 25, of Picayune.


Pearl River County Coroner Derek Turnage is asking for the community’s help in identifying a man who appeared to have committed suicide by train.

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A freight train passing through Picayune Sunday at 2:45 a.m. struck a man who was laying on the tracks just north of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The man was not carrying any form of identification. Turnage said the white man was dressed in a dark colored three-piece suit, had longer brownish hair, possibly in his 30s or 40s and could have been about 5 feet 8 inches tall. Medical personnel have found a tattoo on the man that could possibly be used to determine his identity.

Turange said that evidence points to the man getting drunk before laying on the tracks dressed in the formal wear.

“It appeared he dressed for his funeral,” Turnage said.

The coroner asks anyone who may be missing a family member to report that information to the Picayune Police Department at (601) 798-7411 or Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department at 601-798-5528.

Even though this case is tentatively being ruled as a suicide, Turnage said he would like to remind the public that this is the second fatality involving a train in a week’s time and advises people to stay off the tracks.

The previous train related death occurred on July 30 when 20-year-old Colton Wayne Hall was struck and killed by a passenger train while walking on the tracks near Nicholson. It was reported that he was wearing headphones at the time of the accident.