Police trying to identify body found at Mercer landfill

Body found at Mercer landfill

PINE TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WYTV) — Pennsylvania State Troopers spent the day on Thursday combing through a landfill just east of Interstate 79 in Butler County looking for clues as to the identity of a young female discovered Wednesday afternoon at a garbage transfer station near Grove City.

“What they are looking for, of course, any other possible victims and also any identifying information, maybe a purse that this person may have had, a wallet,” said Pennsylvania State Police trooper Dan Kesten.

On Wednesday evening, troopers searched the Tri-County Industries facility off Route 208 in Pine Township, near the Prime Outlets shopping area, where the victim’s body was found. She is thought to be in her late teens or early 20’s.

Kesten said the victim, who had no identifying marks, was wearing a black tank top with black stretch pants and white sock with green accents. She is between 5′-1″ and 5′-3″, has a medium build and blue eyes.

Investigators said Tri-County often sends the waste collected at the transfer station to the landfill in Butler County for disposal. But troopers said they don’t know how the victim’s body ended up in Pine Township since Tri-County takes in hundreds of loads of garbage each day from all around the region.

“Which goes as far east as Clarion and as far west as Youngstown. It also goes as far north as Erie, down to Mercer County,” Kesten said.

At this point, investigators are waiting for autopsy results for a cause of death. An autopsy was completed on Thursday in Erie.

They also are looking to see if there are any missing persons reports matching the victim’s description. Police also are hoping the public will help identify her.

“Whether you had reported somebody missing that fits that description, or know of somebody, or if you just have not had contact with your friend or relative that fits that description for a long time, please check on that individual and if you can’t make contact, you are encouraged to call the state police,” Kesten said.

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