New Brunswick

No foul play suspected in discovery of body at Fredericton landfill

No foul play is suspected in connection with the body found at the Fredericton landfill on Tuesday morning, say police.

Police suspect the man was in a garbage dumpster and transported by truck

Fredericton police are still trying to determine which dumpster and truck might have been involved, said Insp. Dan Richardson. (Gary Moore/CBC)

No foul play is suspected in connection with the body found at the Fredericton landfill on Tuesday, say city police.

Investigators believe the man was in a garbage dumpster and transported to the Fredericton Region Solid Waste by truck that morning, Insp. Dan Richardson, of the major crime unit, said during a news conference on Wednesday afternoon.

But when, where and how the man, who was over the age of 50, ended up in a bin is still under investigation, he said.

The man's body was discovered at the landfill, at 1775 Alison Blvd., on the southeastern outskirts of the city shortly before 9 a.m.

An autopsy was conducted Wednesday. The cause of death is not being released, but the body was intact, said Richardson.

Police have identified the man and notified next of kin, but are not releasing his name.

The investigation has confirmed the man was alive the day before his body was found, said Richardson.

Police are concerned homeless people might be using dumpsters as shelter, he said.

"It's my understanding that we had also had a call this morning for someone who had climbed into a bin in the city to obtain cover from the environment at the time, so whether they were sleeping there or not, that's also one of the things we're looking at.

"We want to make sure that if that's the case that we're able to spread the word. If there's people in the community who are using them as a place for safety, so to speak, that we're able to help and discourage that type of behaviour."

Richardson said he hopes to have more information by Thursday.

Members of the Fredericton Police Force's forensic identification unit were at the landfill much of the day Tuesday. (Joe McDonald/CBC)

Members of the Fredericton Police Force and the RCMP remained at the scene Wednesday morning and the garbage-baling building was still cordoned off with yellow caution tape.

The landfill remained open and operational.

There was a large police presence at the landfill throughout the day Tuesday.

A Green For Life garbage truck and dumpster behind an apartment building at 141 Biggs St., about seven kilometres away, were also taped off and guarded by police.

Richardson could not immediately confirm if that was related to the landfill investigation, but said it "likely" was. Police are still trying to determine which truck and dumpster might have been involved, he said.

The garbage baling facility remained cordoned off Wednesday morning. (Gary Moore/CBC)


With files from Gary Moore