Investigation continues after a man's body was found in a Billings garbage truck

Posted at 10:30 AM, Feb 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-19 12:30:21-05

The investigation continues after the body of a man was recovered from a pile of trash at the Billings city landfill on Tuesday.

The man's body was found in a garbage truck by sanitation crews.

Detectives with the Billings Police Department were at the scene for approximately five hours. Police tape surrounded the back end of the truck while detectives worked.

Billings Public Works, the city department that operates the truck, declined to comment on the death. But Public Works staff said day-to-day operations at the landfill were not affected by the investigation.

The truck wrapped in police tape was equipped with two forks on its front for picking up larger dumpsters. The truck's daily route is not known at this time.

This isn't the first time a death has been associated with a Billings city garbage truck. In 2009, 22-year-old Adam Davis of Maine was thrown in a garbage truck's compactor while sleeping in a dumpster behind the Grand Ave. McDonalds restaurant. Davis died after sustaining injuries in the truck's compactor.

(1st REPORT, 10:08 a.m.) The Billings Police Department is investigating after a body was found in a sanitation truck at the landfill.

The call came in around 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

Lt. Wooley of the Billings Department posted on the BPF Twitter account: "Shortly after 9am BPD was notified by solid waste division that a body was located amongst trash in a city garbage truck at the city land fill."

The body was found in the load area of the truck; police have taped off the area.

The identity of the person has not yet been determined.

At this point, there is no word on whether foul play is suspected, and police have not yet released any other information.

We will update you when we get more information.