Police: searching landfill is an 'enormous task'

MEDORA, IN (WAVE) - Searchers continued the grim task of sifting through trash at a landfill for a fourth day Friday, looking for the body of 18-year-old Andrew Compton.

LMPD recruits, forensic experts and other law enforcement officers have been searching since Tuesday after 40-year-old Gregory O'Bryan confessed to killing Compton at his home in the Highlands. An arrest report says O'Bryan told police he disposed of the body in a dumpster.

Police believe Compton's body was taken by a Rumpke truck to the landfill in Medora, Indiana.

Investigators say they've found a few items of interest that lead them to believe they're in the right location, but say it's too early to tell if any of it is actual evidence.

"It's an enormous task on hand," said LMPD Homicide Detective Lt. Barry Wilkerson. "We're going to stay positive and do what we can to bring this young man out of here."

Police arrested O'Bryan after questioning him and searching his home on Lucia Avenue. Compton went missing on Oct. 28 after exchanging emails with O'Bryan. Surveillance video from Sullivan University captured images of Compton getting into a vehicle driven by O'Bryan.

Police arrested O'Bryan around 1:30 a.m. Nov. 9. Investigators say O'Bryan told detectives that Compton, who was studying culinary arts at Sullivan University, died during sex after he picked him up and took him back to his home.

[Gregory O'Bryan Arrest Report]

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