Body Found At Texas Landfill Sparks Police Investigation

The remains of a man, aged in his 50s, have been found at a landfill site in Texas, according to police.

Harris County police said workers at the Hardy Road Landfill at 18784 E. Hardy Road found the body early on Wednesday.

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said in a Facebook post the same day: "While using equipment to move some of the rubbish, workers discovered the deceased body of an adult appearing to be a white in his late 50s.

"No other details at this time. Investigators are en route to the scene."

Gonzalez later told ABC13: "For them to come across it was something that was pretty startling for them.

"Now we can obviously make sure that we conduct our investigation in conjunction with the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences to determine who this individual is and what may have happened."

Police said there were no signs of trauma on the body and investigators added the remains might have been dropped off with some trash on Wednesday morning, according to the outlet.

Gonzalez told ABC13: "Perhaps that's why they located it because it was on top of the pile instead of deeper and the body still seemed to be fairly intact."

He added a working theory was that the man was homeless, had gotten inside a dumpster before being picked up and taken to the landfill, the outlet reported.

Gonzalez said, despite having a working theory about the man's death, police are not ruling out foul play.

An investigation into the death is ongoing.

Newsweek has contacted the Harris County Sheriff's Department for comment.

According to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), in 2020 Texas had an estimated 27,229 people who experienced homelessness on any given day.

It added that 1,912 were family units, 1,948 were veterans and another 1,408 were unaccompanied young adults.

The USICH also said that 4,033 people that year in Texas were experiencing chronic homelessness.

Newsweek has reported on numerous grisly cases where police have searched for bodies at landfill sites.

In November, the FBI surveyed a New Jersey landfill with the hope of finally locating the remains of former Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa who vanished in 1975.

The search began after journalist Dan Moldea gave a tip to authorities. The reporter was given the tip by Frank Cappola, the son of the person who insisted he saw Hoffa's body being disposed of.

Moldea told the Associated Press: "I've been assured that the body hasn't been dug up yet."

In 2018, the remains of a woman were found at a recycling facility in Cartersville, Georgia, and police attempted to identify her through her distinctive tattoos.

She was later identified as Courtney Nicole Dubois, 20, thanks to dental records, according to the Bartow County Sheriff's Office. Her remains had been placed into several bags and discarded at the landfill site.

Stock image of police car
Stock image of police car. The body was found in a Texas landfill. Getty