Updated: December 10, 2019 04:38 PM
Created: December 10, 2019 12:19 PM
The mystery of 77-year-old Beverly Trombley's disappearance was solved by the melting snow in the middle of a rail yard visible from I-90 that straddles the border between Albany and the town of Colonie. The coroner removed her body early Tuesday afternoon.
"At this point, it’s not suspicious. It appears that she was walking up the center of the tracks here and succumbed to the weather is what we believe," said Albany County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy William Rice.
Rice says Mrs. Trombley, a retired registered nurse, was last seen on November 30. She and her son were on their way from Voorheesville to Lee, Massachusetts in separate vehicles, when her son apparently lost track of his mother's car, but he continued on to the Berkshires.
Mrs. Trombley's abandoned car was found a few days later on the railroad tracks near the West Albany Pocket Park.
"The car was running, it was operable, so she could have stayed there and kept warm. She did the right thing. She put her four ways on, on the vehicle. The issue lies in that she left and went towards the dark area of the tracks," said Rice.
He says there's no way of knowing how long it took Mrs. Trombley to make it about a mile and half down the tracks, or how long she lasted until the elements took her life.
A search party had been looking for her last week, and another search was planned for Wednesday.
"We did not make it up this far on the tracks. We didn't - to be honest with you, think she could make it this far, but she did," said Rice.
An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.
***Sadly the body of Beverly Trombley has been located. Foul play is not suspected. Body was found near tracks. More to follow. pic.twitter.com/uDzurjuBnR— Craig D Apple (@CraigDApplesr) December 10, 2019
BREAKING: Crews have found the body of 77yo Beverly Trombley in Albany. She had been missing for more than a week. pic.twitter.com/gxw5F9AMAQ— Kumi (@KumiTuckerWNYT) December 10, 2019
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