Iowa officials say train jumper was French tourist

STANTON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a woman who leaped to her death off an Amtrak train in southwest Iowa was a French tourist.

The woman’s body was found near the tracks in Stanton on Monday night. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Montgomery County officials identified her as 31-year-old Stephanie Carine Hatt. Sheriff Joe Sampson says Hatt entered the United States last week.

Sampson says Hatt was described as nervous and jumpy on the train, and a conductor tried to calm her.

The sheriff says the woman suddenly got up, ran down an aisle, opened a door and jumped while the train was going nearly 80 miles an hour.

An autopsy was ordered.

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