SHELBYVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Police in Shelbyville are trying to find out what happened to a teenager who was found dead in a creek.
The body was discovered around 9 a.m. Monday. Police said they received a call from a train conductor who spotted the body in Clear Creek near 1st and Goodman Streets. Police said she was 50 feet below the tracks, face down, fully clothed.
"If they had not called us on that there's no telling how long it would have been before someone other than a train conductor would have observed that," said Shelbyville Police Chief Danny Goodwin.
Police confirmed the body is a 15-year-old. The teen is described as 5'4" tall, with shoulder length brown hair with auburn highlights. She was wearing a yellowish spaghetti strap top with blue jeans and black and red Nike tennis shoes.
She had been dead for some time according to Chief Goodwin. They said it was clear she wasn't hit by a train, but how she ended up there they don't know. "It's very unusual," said Chief Goodwin. "This is a fantastic place to live and we don't have bodies show up on a regular basis."
A sentiment shared by Lisa Warren who drove up on all the police cars visiting her mom at work Monday afternoon. "In Louisville you do, but not around here. Not in Shelbyville. You don't hear about stuff like that."
With a home right down the street from these tracks and the creek, she hopes police will figure out what happened soon.
An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.
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