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Fresh lead in 1995 train track death of of Werris Creek teen

NSW Police say detectives have received new information relating to the death of a Werris Creek teenager in 1995, prompting a renewed public appeal today.

The body of 17-year-old Stephen Smith (pictured) was found on railway tracks between Quirindi and Werris Creek on Thursday 5 October 1995.

The death was subject to a Coronial inquest which found Stephen died as a result of multiple injuries sustained when he was hit by a train.

Detectives from Oxley Police District have reviewed the investigation into Stephen’s death under Strike Force Resolve and, after receiving fresh information, are again appealing for assistance from the public.

Oxley Police District Crime Manager, Detective Acting Inspector Matthew O’Hehir, said detectives still believe there are members of the community with information relevant to this investigation.

“Stephen was last seen in Quirindi at some time after midnight possibly hitch hiking towards Werris Creek,” said Det A/Insp O’Hehir.

“We have recently received new information that suggests Stephen may have been the victim of a separate, unrelated incident before his body was found on the train tracks some hours later.”

“The information did not make it clear that this incident was intentional or accidental.”

He said detectives were now working to determine the validity of the new information.

“We appeal to anyone who has information relating to this to call Tamworth police.”

“Police continue to work with Stephen’s family and the community to ensure all information is thoroughly investigated,” Det A/Insp O’Hehir said.

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