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In rural Wayne County, Georgia, no one expected to find a corpse lying alongside the train tracks. The body, belonging to a middle-aged white woman, had a broken neck, as well as other injuries.
The victim was Barbara Arteta, an Amtrak passenger destined for Sanford, Florida. Arteta had been reported missing earlier by her husband when she failed to appear at the Sanford station. Authorities are unable to determine if Arteta was pushed or if she jumped, but since she was not in possession of the $1,000 in cash her family told investigators she was carrying, authorities are calling the death ‘suspicious.’
The situation is not unlike an Agatha Christie murder mystery, with the exception that whereas Christie’s murders were almost always executed with panache and cunning, the real-life slaying is a ham-fisted act of grotesque brutality. Also, rather than genteel Englishpersons and their silent, darting servants, the motley cast of characters involved in Arteta’s drama are most likely reminiscent of escapees from a Depression-Era freak show.
Authorities are questioning the other passengers, but they are not optimistic that a clear answer will reveal itself any time soon. Until the police unearth some firm leads, Barbara Arteta’s final moments will remain a mystery.
Meanwhile, Greyhound’s corporate officers are said to be delighted that Amtrak’s murder woes have helped the travelling public forget that not only does the craziness found on a single cross-country bus make New York’s Bellevue Hospital seem like a nursing home quilting bee by comparison, but that buses are basically Honeybuckets on wheels.