In South Carolina, human remains were found under a plastic shredder. According to the coroner, the remains belong to a man who has been missing since May.
He fell into the machine, where he perished.
In particular, tissue, dried blood, and small bits of human body matter belonging to Duncan Alexander Burrel Gordon were discovered.
The 20-year-old man has been missing since early May. He was working at the shredder when the accident happened.
Authorities reported that before the coroner got involved, the machine had been checked by Gordon's father, who works as a supervisor at the plant. The man's father is also a uniformed patrol supervisor working with Spartanburg County police.
Reportedly, the remains were found under the conveyor belt on their third search. They relied on a K-9 cadaver dog.
The coroner also discovered remains under support found under the conveyor belt that takes plastics to a different machine for more processing.
The remains they found were desiccated to be hydrated in the lab, where it was confirmed that the remains were human blood.
The man is believed to have been working on top of the shredder before his disappearance. The machine is located in a noisy room with other machines, which is probably the reason nobody realized he had fallen into it.
The coroner got help from a forensic anthropologist and a forensic pathologist. These experts could establish that 60,000 pounds of plastics had gone through the shredding machine since the man went missing on May 5.
"I ask you also to consider that the missing man weighed between 210 and 250 pounds. What was recovered by the detective may be approximately 2 ounces [of human remains],"
After the remains were tested, the coroner's office was contacted. A subsequent DNA profile confirmed that they belonged to Gordon after they matched his parents.
OSHA has since started looking into the work safety violations that led to the tragedy. The investigation is expected to take two months.
A death certificate cannot be filed for Gordon since his body was not intact. Nevertheless, his family will have other ways of formally establishing his death.