Susan Artes, Associated Press
This photo provided by Susan Artes, Christopher Artes is shown. Christopher Artes and Medeana Hendershot, a couple who romanticized and lived a modern-day adventure by riding railroad cars across the U.S. were killed when a train dumped its load of coal at a Florida power plant. Artes, 25, and Hendershot, 22, were found Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011 in coal by power plant workers. It’s not clear exactly when or how they died.

LAKELAND, Fla. — A couple that rode freight trains together were found dead last weekend in coal at a Florida power plant.

The bodies of 25-year-old Christopher Artes and his 22-year-old girlfriend, Medeana Hendershot, were found Sunday. They were heading to Florida to stay in the warmer weather for the winter. The couple was apparently in a coal car when it was dumped at a power plant in Lakeland, in the central part of the state.

Artes died from asphyxiation, meaning he was likely buried alive. Hendershot died from injuries due to blunt force trauma to the mid-section, so she could have been fatally wounded while falling.

Artes was from Timonium, Md. His mother says she's been worried about her son's safety for months because he liked to ride in the freight cars.