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Body found in trash

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A trash truck driver made an unusual discovery during his rounds Thursday morning. The driver of a Waste Management trash truck was dropping off his early morning load at the WASTEC pit and noticed an abnormal sound upon dumping the load. He and other staff started sifting through the pile of trash, and noticed a human hand. That led to the discovery of a body lying among the trash. WASTEC officials say it's likely the driver picked the body up in a can or the dumpster, because it's unlikely someone can get through this secure gate to drop a body off. The dead man was identified as 43-year-old Berry O’Neal Carter, an area homeless man. Detectives don't suspect foul play, but will not say whether the man was already dead when the truck scooped him up, or if he died on impact from being crushed. WASTEC Director John Hubbard said this is the first time since the facility opened in 1984 that something like this has happened. “Alerts that there might be one in the waste, but this is the first one." The exact route the truck was on is not being released, but deputies did say there are places where homeless people tend to seek shelter in dumpsters. Traci Johnson owns a business on College Rd. and often sees homeless people sifting through the dumpsters behind her shop. “The dumpster behind us is open, and there are random homeless people who dumpster dive." An autopsy was scheduled for earlier today, but the results have not been released to the public.

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