CREEDMOOR, Texas - *Update* Detectives working with the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office have identified the body found at the recycling center on FM 1327 near Creedmoor on April 14 as 49-year-old Clarence Gardner, Jr.
Gardner, Jr. was from the Austin area and officials say he was a transient who frequented downtown Austin. The Medical Examiner's Office has ruled the manner of death as homicide but the specific cause has not been released.
Anyone with information concerning Gardner, Jr. and how he died is asked to call the Travis County Tip Line at 512-854-8488 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS (512-472-8477).
This is an update to a previous story. The original version is as follows:
The Travis County Sheriff's Office is combing through trash for clues as to how the body of a white male ended up at a recycling center.
Dump trucks from Austin and surrounding areas drop off recyclables at Texas Disposal Systems on a daily basis.
It was on Tuesday when they came across something unusual. Around 2:45 in the afternoon, the Travis County Sheriff's Office got a call regarding a dead body.
Authorities say a white male was found on a conveyor belt at the recycling center off of FM1327 in Creedmoor. At that point, the facility shut down their operations.
Detectives and the Medical Examiner's Office arrived on scene to identify the person, find next of kin and then figure out what caused his death. They are investigating this case as a homicide until they find out otherwise.
"Despite what people think, when you throw away trash there's a lot of good evidence there. So we're going to be combing through all that evidence to try to determine if we can figure out where this person was when they were placed in the truck," says Roger Wade, Senior Public Information Officer, Travis County Sheriff's Office
This isn't the first time the Travis County Sheriff's Office has seen a situation like this. They are currently working on a case from a few years ago where a body was found at a recycling center on Johnny Morris Road.
In Tuesday's case, an autopsy is expected to be done Wednesday morning.