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Corpse Found on NYC Subway

June 15, 1999

NEW YORK (AP) _ A subway train picked up and dropped off scores of passengers Monday morning before anyone notified officials there was a dead body on board, police said.

The dead man, believed to be in his 40s, was reported shortly before noontime.

Police said they do not know where the man boarded the train, but believe he was dead for four to five hours. It was not clear how long the train had been running that morning.

They speculate that no one noticed him because the train was so crowded and people in too much of a hurry.

``Do you know how many people sleep on the train during morning rush?″ subway rider Mario Licari said. ``Unless the guy slumps into me, I just leave him alone.″

The man was wearing jeans, a polo shirt, black boots and had on him 20 cents, a watch and a comb. No identification was found.

Investigators said the body had no visible signs of a struggle or attack.

The Transit Authority did not return a telephone call seeking comment. The man died on a train that runs from the southern tip of Manhattan to the Bronx.

The body was turned over to the medical examiner to determine the cause of death.

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