Sibley, Iowa – The man who fell off a northbound train north of Sibley and was run over by a train was not a railroad employee, but was riding the rails. That from the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation — the DCI.
The DCI is assisting the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office with the death investigation.
They say that on July 13, 2015, the body of 29-year-old Brandon Joseph Sage Gould was found near railroad tracks by a pedestrian, approximately a mile-and-a-half north of Sibley. The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office says Gould was from Pleasanton, California.
The DCI and Sheriff’s Office believe he fell off the train and was run over by the train. It is unknown, at this time, how or why Gould fell off the train.
It is believed that he was traveling with his wife, Yvette Gould, aboard a Union Pacific railcar, which was carrying grain. Yvette Gould reported her husband missing to the Union Pacific Railroad Police during the afternoon hours of July 13, 2015, once the train arrived in Mankato, MN. It is not known yet how long the two had been riding aboard the railcar. The train, like most northbounds on that stretch of rail was headed from Council Bluffs to Union Pacific’s Valley Park Yard in Shakopee, Minnesota.
An autopsy was performed on the body of Brandon Gould at the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny. His death has been ruled as accidental.
The DCI says it is an on-going investigation and further information will be released as it becomes available.