Akron employees find body on recycling center conveyor belt

Akron employees find body on recycling center conveyor belt

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Police are investigating after a man's body was found on a conveyor belt in a Summit County recycling facility.

Around 7:30 a.m. Thursday, workers on the sorting line at Greenstar Recycling Center on Exeter Road in Akron say they were separating the recyclables when a man's body came down the conveyor belt.

The victim, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy.

It is a two-fold investigation. First to spot any identifying marks, a birthmark, tattoo, or some other feature to identify the person. Then tests to determine the cause of death. At this point it's hard to determine where the body came from because Greenstar does recycling for cities and businesses all over the state of Ohio. So it's just a matter of going through the records to see who actually recently, in the past 24 hours, dropped off recyclables and try to figure out where this body came from.

The stuff that is sorted and recycled not only comes from a wide area, the dumping and movement of the materials here has the effect of mixing everything. So even one front end loader of refuse could have come from several cities or even states.

Records of what came in recently are kept and should provide clues for police.

Authorities said there are no men missing in the Akron area that match the description of the man, so out of the area is likely.

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