According to a press release from the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office; on November 9th at approximately 10:05am, the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a person lying next to railroad tracks near the Dubuque County Fairgrounds. The report was called in by Canadian National Railroad staff, who observed the body as the train was passing by the location.

Upon arrival, the subject was located and pronounced deceased. The subject was identified as Joseph Peavey, of Dubuque. Initial investigation showed Peavey had been reported missing from the Hillcrest Residential Care Facility since October 26th, at approximately 5pm. Peavey appeared to have inadvertently been struck by a passing train sometime between October 26th and November 9th. Peavey’s body was released to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny for autopsy. Investigation is ongoing in this matter.

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Anyone that can provide information to assist the investigation can contact the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office at 563-589-4406.

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