Deputies investigating physique of man discovered at north Harris County landfill

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) — A physique was discovered at a landfill in north Harris County early Wednesday morning, deputies mentioned.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez mentioned the physique, believed to be that of a white man in his early 60s, was discovered at a waste disposal facility situated at 18784 E. Hardy Highway close to Richey round 3:30 a.m.

Staff had been utilizing heavy gear to maneuver trash within the sorting warehouse once they found the physique, Gonzalez mentioned.

“For them to return throughout it was one thing that was fairly startling for them,” Gonzalez mentioned. “We’re glad they known as as a result of now we will clearly make it possible for we conduct our investigation at the side of the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences to find out who this particular person is and what might have occurred.”

There weren’t any obvious indicators of trauma on the physique, in line with Gonzalez. Investigators consider the physique might have been dropped off with a load of trash on the facility as early as Wednesday morning.

“Maybe that is why they situated it — as a result of it was on prime of the pile as a substitute of deeper, and the physique nonetheless gave the impression to be pretty intact,” Gonzalez mentioned.

Gonzalez mentioned investigators have a principle about what occurred, however foul play has definitely not been dominated out.

“We’re speculating a bit right here. However it may very well be that the person was a homeless particular person. Typically it isn’t unusual for them to be trying by way of trash for meals or different issues inside trash cans or dumpsters. After which one thing may have occurred… and finally (the physique) was picked up and moved right here,” Gonzalez mentioned. “It is a switch facility… completely different dump vans come, deliver particles right here. Then 18-wheelers or bigger vans will come and decide up that particles then take it to precise landfills or different amenities.”

Gonzalez mentioned officers are working to determine the physique and are crosschecking lacking individuals stories. The person reportedly had an ID in his pocket.

Investigators will do forensic checks to determine how the person died.

The Tall Pines Landfill, often known as the Hardy Landfill, is operated by the Waste Company of Texas.

Trash from all around the county is dropped at the ability, the place it’s sorted within the warehouse earlier than it’s taken to surrounding landfills. Gonzalez mentioned investigators will have a look at the logs of vans coming and going from the ability, but it surely’s not straightforward to seek out out what trash got here from what a part of the county.

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