Boy, 9, found dead on railroad tracks

Toledo police found Devaunte Roddy-O'Neil, 9, dead at the railroad tracks on Monday morning.

/ Michael Henrich

Authorities found a 9-year-old boy dead on the railroad tracks near Castle Street around 12:39 a.m. Monday, just minutes after his mother, Danita Roddy, called to report him missing.

Toledo police report Devaunte Roddy-O'Neil was last seen by family members in the neighborhood around Maplewood and Castle in the early afternoon hours on Sunday.

According to Norfolk Southern Railroad, there were 124 railcars parked on that set of tracks since Dec. 13. The railcars were moved on Dec. 18 at 1:35 p.m. and transported to Elkhart, Ind.

The death appears to be accidental at this time.

Devaunte was in the custody of his aunt, Tiffany McClain, and was a third grader at Glenwood Elementary.

Anyone with information is urged to call Sgt. Joe Heffernan at 419-245-3217.