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Friends puzzled by man struck and killed by train

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Police call it an accidental death: Matt Steiner, 35, of St. Louis, hit by a train and killed over the weekend.

Steiner’s loved ones say it was no accident.

They're calling on police to step up their investigation.

There are a lot of questions; enough that Steiner’s friends are doing a little investigating themselves.

They walked the train tracks Tuesday and found a few things that, like the rest of this story, don't add up.

Steiner had every reason to live, friends said.  His daughter, 3, was everything to him.

He was talented chef at a restaurant on The Hill, they said.

He’d just bought a home with his girlfriend (the mother of his daughter).  They were building their family together.

Saturday morning his body was found along the train track near Interstate 44 and Southwest Avenue.

“He had everything going for him,” said friend, Kris Hill.

“So many people who loved him … so many friends who are heartbroken over this,” said friend, Ryan Civili.  Steiner was the Best Man at Civili’s wedding.

Steiner was Nick’s Pub on Manchester near Hampton Friday night.  He closed his debit card tab at 10:30, friends said.  There was a call for him at the bar but no one on the other end when he came.

Railroad workers reported the body around 8:00 the next morning.

They walked the tracks looking for clues Tuesday and called police after finding a glove, a piece of carpet, and a mop stained with what they thought could be blood. They were not near the spot where Steiner’s body was found but nothing about this case seemed to make sense.

“When they found him a mile down that way, coming from Nick’s to right here … it’s a sure (straight) shot.  Just the type of person he is, there’s no way this was an accident in my opinion,” Civili said.

“His closest friends, we communicate.  We know when something’s wrong with our friends. We talk,” Hill said.  “I just hope we can find out exactly what happened to our friend.”

Though St. Louis Police do not suspect foul play at this point, they do say the investigation is still "open". Anyone with any information should call St. Louis police.