Body Found at Washington Recycling Plant Sparks Investigation

Police are investigating the discovery of a body at a recycling facility in Frederickson, Washington state. The body came in with recyclables at the plant in Pierce County, according to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.

Members of staff found the body just before noon on Thursday. The plant was closed down and detectives were called to the scene to investigate.

The department said in a statement: "Detectives are on scene at a recycling plant in Fredrickson where workers there discovered a body that came in with recyclables. An investigation is underway and we will post more information as it becomes available."

Detectives are on scene at a recycling plant in Fredrickson where workers there discovered a body that came in with recyclables. An investigation is underway and we will post more information as it becomes available. pic.twitter.com/VoWwkoxgvK

— Pierce Co Sheriff (@PierceSheriff) January 28, 2021

This is not the first time a grisly discovery has occurred at a recycling plant. Last year, a man's body was found on a conveyor belt at a recycling center in Texas. The body was discovered at a facility in the 3600 block of Farm to Market Road 1327 in Creedmore, near Austin. Employees sorting through recycling discovered the body and called the police.

Kristen Dark of Travis County Sheriff's Office told reporters: "Right now, what we know is we have a male victim, our crime lab is here, our detectives are here and the investigation has just gotten underway."

She said authorities are treating the discovery as a suspicious death, adding that an autopsy "will help us determine if foul play was involved. Most likely, this body got here off a truck. The next step is to find out which it was."

Detectives said they would go through the available surveillance video to find out which trucks were delivering at the time, in order to determine which truck and which route may have been involved.

"Once surveillance and interviews with the company take us to the point where it's determined how that body came into this facility then they'll work backwards from there," Dark said.

"The first step will be to determine how that body got into this building and then we'll follow the next logical steps until we can go back to where we think it originated. We make no assumptions along the way. We let the evidence take us where we need to go."

The Travis County Sheriff's Office released a statement later that day confirming the incident where the Texas Disposal Systems Materials Recovery Facility is located.

In a separate incident in March 2020, the body of 31-year-old Collen LeBlanc was discovered on a conveyor belt at a recycling center in east Travis County. Authorities said they believed the body was taken to the site after he died and said they suspected no foul play had been involved.

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Stock photo: The body came in with recyclables at the plant in Pierce County, according to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images