GALVESTON — A body found near railroad tracks on the island this week did not show any signs of trauma, according to a preliminary investigation by the Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office.

A cause of death has not yet been determined, and investigators are working to identify the body, John Florence, a spokesman for the medical examiner’s office, said. 

The body was badly decomposed and may have been tampered with by wildlife, officials said.

Investigators believe the body is that of a middle-aged man, Galveston police Sgt. Doug Balli said.

Authorities said the man had likely been dead for weeks. 

Railway employees flagged down two officers shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday after finding the body near the railroad tracks in the 5100 block of Avenue E in a grassy area north of the roadway and about two blocks from the county justice center, Balli said.

Galveston police detectives and crime scene investigators examined the body at the scene, and a police investigation is ongoing, Balli said.

Investigators with the medical examiner’s office will continue to examine the body next week, Florence said.

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