Rail workers found the man's body near Highway 6 east of Hitchcock about 6pm Monday. His head appeared to have been decapitated by passing rail cars.
The medical examiner is trying to determine his cause of death and his identity. Sheriff's investigators described the male to be Hispanic, between 5 foot 5 and 5 foot 7 tall and weighing between 120 and 140 pounds. He was possibly between 15 and 20 years of age, and had piercings to his eyebrows and tongue.
Anyone with information that may help identify this man is encouraged to contact the Galveston County Sheriff's Office at (409) 766-2322 or (866)248-8477.