PD: Woman found dead at Phoenix recycling plant

Posted at 9:54 AM, Mar 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-09 22:00:29-05

Phoenix police say a woman's body was found Wednesday morning at a recycling plant. 

Officer James Holmes said plant employees were sorting recycling materials when they discovered the woman's body on the conveyor belt.

Those employees contacted managers who then contacted police.

Police do not know what happened to the woman, but believe she did not die at the facility; they believe her body was brought in from somewhere else. 

Police have not identified the woman. Holmes said the Medical Examiner and police department's violent crimes bureau would be coming to the plant to investigate. 

"It's going to be very detailed for us," Holmes said.

Holmes asked anyone who may have a family member or friend missing to contact Phoenix police.

"Certainly the circumstances of the discovery of the body would lead one to believe this is an attempt to cover up a death which would logically lead to a homicide," said ASU Professor Dr. Anthony Falsetti.

The plant, located near 27th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road, is closed for the investigation. The facility processes recycling for 390,000 Valley homes.

Recycling material is being transferred to another facility, according to the plant's operations manager.

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