New details in murder mystery on the tracks

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New details about a murder mystery in Northeast Atlanta. However, police still need a lot more information before they can figure out who killed 45-year-old Xavier Thicklin.

The morning of April 9, some railroad workers who just showed up for work found the body of a man along the tracks. "This is not a situation where he was shot, this is a homicide," said Atlanta Police Sgt. John Chafee.

The tracks are off Plasters Avenue. Out of sight of traffic and people. "This isn't a road, normal people would access, this is off the beaten trail," said Lt. Carven Tyus.

The next day, authorities identified the man as 45-year-old Xavier Thicklin, of Atlanta. Friday, police said they have learned he was last seen getting into a car at a Chevron on Monroe Drive early Monday morning. But they don't know much more than that.

"We'd like to know what kind of vehicle that was, a vehicle description, who he was getting in the vehicle with," said Sgt. Chafee.

Police also want everyone to take a good look at his photo. They're hoping someone might recall seeing him at the Chevron and can give investigators some details that will lead them to the killer.

"Even small pieces of information will help us out," said Sgt. Chafee.

This is a Crime Stoppers case. Information can be submitted anonymously to the Crime Stoppers Atlanta tip line at 404-577-TIPS or online at A reward up to $2000 is offered for the arrest and indictment of the suspects.

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