Body found at recycling facility in New Castle

NEW CASTLE - October 13, 2011

Police have identified the man whose body was found inside a recycling business in Wilmington.

Authorities say the victim was 49-year-old Eric A. Jones, a homeless man from the Stanton area.

At around 9:00 a.m. Thursday, workers at the All Star Shredding and Recycling Center in New Castle County were sorting piles of paper and cardboard recyclables when a grim discovery was made- the body of a man.

"We're checking the chronology to see what trucks, what haulers were in and out the past few days, to try to determine the origin of where the body came from," Delaware State Police Sergeant Paul Shavack said.

The business is located in the Delaware River Industrial Park at 6 Dock View Drive and it's owned by Richard Goldman.

"The workers were upset and I gave them off the balance of the day," Goldman said.

It was last December that a body was found in a Delaware landfill. It turned out to be that of 66-year-old John Wheeler, a former Pentagon official. The case remains unsolved.

"A similar type situation where workers within a landfill discover the body and that's all the correlation we have with that case at this time." Shavack said.

State Police say it could take awhile to check records and find exactly where the recyclables and the body originated.

Meanwhile, an autopsy will be done to determine the cause of death.

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