Metro Police will continue searching landfill for missing teen

Gregory O'Bryan
Gregory O'Bryan

By Marisela Burgos - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Metro Police officers will return to an Indiana landfill on Saturday for the 5th day to search for the body of a missing Sullivan University student.

The last images of 18-year-old Andrew Compton were from a camera at Sullivan University. The surveillance video showed Compton leaving his dorm on October 28th. According to the police department, an email led them to 40-year-old Gregory O'Bryan. Police said O'Bryan told them he put Compton's body inside a television box and threw it in a dumpster. Detectives believe the dumpster's garbage ended up at the Medora, Indiana Landfill.

LMPD Lt. Barry Wilkerson said they are optimistic they are searching in the right area. "If you have that type of information, you have to do anything possible to do what we're doing {in order} to give comfort to this family to bring this young man out of here, if he's here," Wilkerson said.

On Friday, Rumpke truck operators spent the day moving trash out of the way in order for investigators to get to garbage buried 5 to 6 feet underneath. Police said they are sure the trash on the surface is covering up the area where they really need to be looking.

At this time it is unclear how many more days crews will search the Indiana landfill. "They're actually trying to get closer to where the actual garbage may have been that was dumped that day," Lt. Wilkerson said.

O'Bryan has been charged with murder, tampering with evidence, and abuse of a corpse. He has pleaded not guilty.

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