Man’s body found at waste processing facility in Piedmont


GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Authorities are investigating the death of a man whose body was discovered at a waste processing facility in Piedmont.

An employee at the Waste Industries facility on Estes Plant Road found the body around 1 p.m. Wednesday and called the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Coroner Jeff Fowler said.

The coroner’s office identified the man as 56-year-old Terry Brent Thomas.

β€œThey found the body after the trucks had dumped and they were preparing to push the garbage into the compactor,” said Coroner Parks Evans.

Deputies say Thomas’ body was dropped off by a trash truck.

An autopsy performed Thursday determined that Thomas died from multiple blunt force injuries. His manner of death is still pending at this time.

Thomas’ death is being investigated by the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office and Greenville County Coroner’s Office.

According to the coroner’s office news release, the coroner’s office and sheriff’s office are working to determine the location where Thomas was loaded into the collection truck.

Evans says they’re looking at video footage and talking to witnesses to find out exactly where Thomas’ body originated. So far, they’re narrowed it down to 4 trucks.

“The investigation includes checking over 170 possible collection locations throughout Greenville and Spartanburg counties,” Fowler said.

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