15-year-old Kansas boy found along railroad tracks may have died of heat stroke

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Keith Orr

PAOLA, Kan. — Investigators in Paola, Kansas are trying to determine what caused the death of a teen who was found along the railroad tracks Monday evening.

Deputies were sent to an area near 355th Street and Bethel Church Road, which is about two miles southwest of Osawatomie, around 5 p.m. on Monday  to meet with railroad workers after hearing reports of a teen lying on the railroad tracks.

The teen was identified as 15-year-old Keith Orr from Osawatomie, Kan.

Investigators say Keith had been biking with friends and left to go home when he began feeling ill. According to investigators, the high temperatures could have played a role in the teen’s death, but the investigation was ongoing. An autopsy was performed on Tuesday and preliminary signs show he likely died from a heat stroke, his mother says.

Keith Orr with his mother Cassie

Keith Orr with his mother Cassie

She spoke to FOX 4’s Robert Townsend about her son, who just celebrated his birthday last Saturday. He is the youngest of her two children and would have been a freshman at Osawatomie High School.

Deputies performed CPR upon finding the teen while they waited for fire and EMS crews to arrive.

A memorial fund has been set up to help pay for Keith’s funeral expenses. Donations can be sent to “The Great Southern Bank of Osawatomie.”


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