Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Man Found with Head Injury on Central West End MetroLink Platform Dies

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Man Found with Head Injury on Central West End MetroLink Platform Dies

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ST. LOUIS * A man has died nearly two weeks after he was found with a head injury at the Central West End MetroLink station, police say.

His death has been ruled a homicide, police say, but how he was injured isn't clear.

Jordan E. Taynor, 33, died Friday afternoon at Barnes Jewish- Hospital, where he was being treated. Police said he was found on the MetroLink platform about 2 p.m. on March 19. The station is at 410 South Euclid Avenue.

St. Louis police say Metro Public Safety officers first went to the platform for a report of a fight. They found Taynor, but he told officers he had not been in a fight.

He told them he has suffered from seizures and was recently released from a hospital. He could not identify himself to Metro Public Safety officers or city police. Police said Taynor "appeared intoxicated and had a strong smell of alcohol on him," and was taken to a hospital for treatment for "an abrasion" to the back of his head.

Metro Public Safety classified the incident as a "sick case," police say. St. Louis police were contacted by the St. Louis Medical Examiner's Office after Taynor died, and homicide detectives began their investigation.

Police said they have no suspects. They said Taynor lived in the city, not far from the MetroLink station, but Taynor's father, Dave Taynor, said his son had been living in Carlinville, Ill.

MISSING PERSON

The elder Taynor, who lives in Las Vegas, said relatives had not been initially contacted and told Jordan Taynor was hospitalized.

The reason isn't clear. His son apparently had no identification during the incident, according to Dave Taynor. But police had noted that he was wearing a hospital wristband from an earlier hospitalization, and Metro says its initial report included Jordan Taynor's name.

Dave Taynor said he became worried when he hadn't heard from his son after four days because they typically talked by phone two or three times per day. Dave Taynor said he called St. Louis police to report his son missing but was told he should wait at least a week before filing a report. …

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