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Tourist Found Dead Atop An Out-Of-Use Metra Train

By Mae Rice in News on Feb 24, 2016 4:20PM

Ademola Owolana, 26 (photo via Chicago Police Department)

A body found in a far South Side train repair yard on top of an out-of-use Metra electric train has been identified as a missing British tourist, a law enforcement source and the tourist’s family told the Tribune.

The body of Ademola Owolana, 26, was found in the Metra yard at 123rd Street and Indiana Avenue between about 2:30 and 3 p.m. Tuesday, Metra spokeswoman Meg Reile told the Tribune.

Called the Kensington Yard, the facility, closed to the public, does equipment repairs and holds out-of-use trains until they can be disposed of, Reile told reporters.

Reile also told reporters that the train Owolana’s body was found on top of was not in service, but had live electrical lines above it, as is typical for trains in the space.

Owolana was last seen on Saturday, near 11600 S. Michigan Avenue, according to a missing person report from the Chicago Police Department.

He was last seen in that area around 4 a.m., when he left a club—Club LowKey lounge—that he had gone to with a friend and a relative, according to the Tribune. He walked east from the club and couldn’t be found after that.

Owolana was in town with his mother, the Tribune reports, who stayed beyond the planned end of their visit to search for her son. She plans to identify his body Wednesday.