Dover police were hoping to connect on Friday with a man who sent a female he knew a vague suicidal text message involving the Amtrak trains, but he was unfortunately found dead.

Capt. Brad Gould said they went out during the storm on Friday afternoon looking for the man after they were alerted to the situation.

"It was really a vague text about being on the tracks or going to the tracks," Gould said.

Gould said the trains were temporarily held up as police searched the tracks and surrounding area. They could not find anyone.

Police officials were hoping the man would reach out. Instead, he was found dead in a wooded area near the treeline later in the day, according to Detective Lt. Scott Pettingill.

Pettingill said the death did not involve the trains.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website. Resource information is provided for free as well as a chat message service. To speak directly to a professional, call 1-800-273-8255. You are not alone and help is available. Every life is important.

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