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RECYCLING BODY
(2007-05-07)
(wgvu) - POLICE ARE CALLING THE DEATH OF A 19-YEAR-OLD WHOSE BODY WAS FOUND AT A MUSKEGON RECYCLING CENTER LATE LAST WEEK A TRAGIC ACCIDENT. ACCORDING TO THE MUSKEGON CHRONICLE, ROBERT JAY SMITH THE SECOND APPARENTLY SOUGHT SHELTER FOR THE NIGHT IN A DUMPSTER AND WAS CRUSHED TO DEATH WHEN THE BIN WAS PICKED UP BY A COMPACTING TRUCK. WORKERS AT THE CENTER MADE THE DISCOVERY EARLY THURSDAY AFTERNOON WHILE SORTING THROUGH HUNDREDS OF POUNDS OF FLATTENED CARDBOARD AND PAPER. DETECTIVES ON THE CASE LEARNED THAT SMITH, WHO WAS UNEMPLOYED, HAD BEEN LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO STAY THE NIGHT BEFORE. THEY SAY HE FELL ASLEEP AND COULDN'T REACT IN TIME TO ESCAPE WHEN THE COMPACTING PROCESS BEGAN. A FAMILY MEMBER DESCRIBED HIM AS A LONER, AND INVESTIGATORS FOUND NO EVIDENCE THAT HE'D HAD TROUBLE WITH ANYONE PRIOR TO THE INCIDENT. AN AUTOPSY WAS CONDUCTED FRIDAY, WITH RESULTS OF TOXICOLOGY TESTS PENDING.

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