A man who disappeared months ago was probably killed after falling into a shredder for recycling plants.
Duncan Alexander Burrell-Gordon, 20, was last seen on May 5 at his place of work in the Industrial Recovery and Recycling facility in South Carolina.
Dry blood and human tissue has been found on the conveyor belt of the machine Mr Burrell-Gordon had been working on.
It matched his parents’ DNA, the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office said.
The machine was inspected four times – including by his father who was a plant supervisor and police officers with a K-9 corpse – before coroners arrived at the factory on June 14, according to the state.
Researchers managed to recover 57g of material from the machine that was primarily used to shred plastic, although was able to rip up metal.
It has been used continuously since Mr Burrell-Gordon disappeared, with an estimated 30 tonnes of plastic material being processed since he was last seen.
“I can confirm that the material is consistent with human fat, microscopically thin particles of skin and small pieces of bone,” Spartanburg County coroner Rusty Clevenger said in a news release.
A death certificate will not be issued because no body was recovered, he added, but state law provides other means for the family to establish death.
Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office has closed the investigation into missing persons and a new investigation has been opened following the death of Mr. Burrell-Gordon.
Officers declined to comment on whether it was considered an accident or murder, according to reports.
The South Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is also investigating the incident, and whether safety violations were committed at the factory.
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'Microscopic' bone particles of missing man found in metal shredder
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