Crews wrap up search for murder victim; resume search Thursday

Lt. Barry Wilkerson
Lt. Barry Wilkerson

MEDORA, IN (WAVE) - After a two day search of a landfill in Medora, Indiana, still no sign of the remains of a murdered Sullivan University student.

Law enforcement officers from Indiana and Kentucky continued searching for the body of 18-year-old Andrew Compton Wednesday, one day after the man suspected in his death said something that led police to believe his body might be there.

"It's a credible lead and we have to pursue it as strongly as possible," said Lt. Barry Wilkerson, LMPD Homicide Unit Commander. "We owe that to the victim and the victims family. We are gonna do this until we go far enough until we find a body."

Wilkerson says they have zeroed in on a half-acre location within the landfill where hundreds of tons of trash is dumped each day from Kentucky and Indiana. Rumpke officials tell WAVE 3 about 850 tons of garbage are brought to the landfill everyday.

Late Tuesday, crews found discarded mail with addresses in Louisville near the Highlands home of 40-year-old Gregory O'Bryan, who told police he met Compton after exchanging emails with him online. At first he told police he picked Compton up and took him to his apartment and that he left on foot. After police obtained a search warrant, O'Bryan told police that Compton died while they were having sex.

An arrest report indicates that O'Bryan disposed of the body to conceal Compton's death. Police believe Compton's body may have been left in a dumpster somewhere in Louisville that was later picked up by a Rumpke garbage truck and taken to the landfill.

 [Gregory O'Bryan Arrest Report]

Early Wednesday, several dozen LMPD recruits joined the search, and cadaver dogs were brought in later in the day. After searching for hours, they wrapped up their search at nightfall.  Police plan on returning to the site at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

Information for this story by WAVE 3 reporters Matt McCutcheon and Maira Ansari.

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