LORDSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A man found a body in a roll-off dumpster at Lafarge’s Lordstown plant Friday morning.
The call to police came at 9:39 a.m. as the truck was about to be dumped at what Lafarge calls the “dump site,” where construction debris gets unloaded.
The body is that of an unidentified man less than 50 years old, investigators said.
“A gentleman was getting ready to dump a roll-off dumpster and he noticed a body in the roll-off dumpster,” said Lordstown Police Chief Brent Milhoan. “He obviously stopped what he was doing and contacted Lafarge and they contacted us.”
Lafarge’s Lordstown plant was closed while investigators were on the scene.
Police determined that the dumpster came from the Ravenna area.
“I believe it was brought in this morning, just before we got the call,” Milhoan said.
Ravenna has been included in the investigation, which is being handled by the Trumbull County Task Force and also involves detectives from Lordstown, Howland, Warren, and Weathersfield.
Still to be determined is whether the death was a murder or suicide.
“We don’t know. We’re leaving that open because we’re not sure,” Milhoan said. “Obviously, as the investigation continues, it will shed some light as to where that goes.”
Milhoan said no wounds were visible but wouldn’t say if the person was carrying any identification.
The next part of the investigation is determining how long the person has been dead.
“We don’t know that. Body’s been transported to Trumbull County Coroner’s Office,” Milhoan said.
Dr. Germanik will do an autopsy and determine a cause of death.
Lafarge specializes in cement, construction aggregates, and concrete, according to its website.