Man found by railroad tracks in Black Mountain identified

Fred McCormick
Black Mountain News

Local law enforcement officials identified the body of the man found on the train tracks a couple of hundred yards away from the Black Mountain Avenue crossing as Gregory Duncan Stiles, 51, of Black Mountain.

Gregory Duncan Stiles

The investigation into Stiles’ death is still ongoing; investigators do not believe foul play was involved, according to Black Mountain police chief Shawn Freeman.

The department received a call from railroad company Norfolk Southern just after 7 a.m. on the morning of Sept. 20 alerting officers to a possible body on the tracks.

Minutes later officers arrived at the scene, via Black Mountain Avenue, and located the body of Stiles.

Stiles was a resident of Black Mountain and a native of Montgomery, Alabama, according to an obituary listing submitted to The Black Mountain News.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years and three young children.

Stiles was a chief project manager for the firm of COWI Bridge Design, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

He also served as a deacon at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church.

A celebration of life will be held in honor of Stiles at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23 at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church.

Emergency personnel set up along the railroad crossing at Black Mountain Avenue after a body was found around 100 yards to the west.

The Black Mountain Police Department blocked the railroad tracks on the east side of Black Mountain Avenue after a body was discovered along the tracks around 100 yards west crossing on the morning of Sept. 20.

The Black Mountain and Montreat police and Black Mountain Fire Department were on the scene on Sept. 20 when a body was found on the railroads tracks west of the crossing on Black Mountain Avenue.