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Teen found dead along railroad tracks in Lakeland

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The sign says no trespassing, but neighbors said it hasn't stopped many from crossing the tracks including 17-year-old Demarco Powell.

"It is shocking and sad," said a neighbor nearby.

Lakeland Police said a person crossing through a wooded area east of the railroad tracks at 1350 Atline Road  found the teenager's body early Saturday morning.  

"We do know he was last scene yesterday in the afternoon sometime and when he didn't come home at some point through out the night the mother decided to report him missing," said Sgt. Gary Gross with the Lakeland Police Department.

Demarco's mom reported him missing  just after 3 a.m. his body was found by a person cutting through just before 5 a.m.

Officers aren't sure why he was in the area and say he was murdered.

"Hopefully somebody will come forward with a tip or some information to put the pieces of the puzzle together quickly because we have grave concern that somebody could be out here hurting our youth," said Sgt. Gross.

Officers found Demarco's body in a wooded area of a popular cut through.

Railroad tracks separate a piece of land and a park.

Neighbors said they've seen plenty of people crossing through the area and they're concerned.

"It is not the first time somebody got hurt back there," said Ruben Campbell.

Ruben Campbell has lived in the area and by the cut through for 25 years.

"Things have always been going on through this woods down here," he said.

He has seen other kids trying to cross and has tried stopping them.

"I talk with them but you can see that they are unconcerned about what is going on," he said.

While he is saddened by Demarco's death he hopes others will chose another path.

"It is a kind of lonely track crossing through there," he said. 

Investigators are not releasing the cause of death at this time.

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