Woman's body found in dumpster by Louisville sanitation worker

Woman's body found in dumpster by Louisville sanitation worker
The body was found in the 1600 block of Phyllis Avenue around 12:25 p.m. Friday, according to MetroSafe.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A woman's body was found by sanitation workers as they dumped a trash bin into the garbage truck Friday afternoon.

The body was found in the 1600 block of Phyllis Avenue around 12:25 p.m. That's in the Taylor Berry neighborhood.

"I looked in there and said, 'Oh my God,'" Sarah Lawson told WAVE 3 News. She was there when the body was discovered.

Friday afternoon, it was normal garbage pick-up time. But when the dumpster was turned upside down, workers saw a female's body. It was badly decomposed. She was not wearing any clothes.

"They took the can, loaded it on the flippers which empties the contents into the truck and that's when she was seen," Harold Adams of Louisville Public Works told us. He said the workers who made the discovery are distraught.

The last pick up day was Friday, July 20. Lawson knew something was wrong.

"I had been smelling the smell for three days," she said. "This is not normal."

The owner of the home in front of where the trash can was found said he doesn't use it, and that they are wheeled out from the other side of the neighborhood.

Meanwhile, police couldn't tell right away how the woman died. It is being called a death investigation until they can confirm if she was murdered.

"We can't rule out any factors at this point, but certainly when the autopsy is done, we'll know more," LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell said.

There were no obvious signs of trauma, but the body was in such bad shape it was hard to immediately tell.

As of Saturday morning, LMPD said the black woman's cause of death was still unknown. Her age and identity are still unknown.

Anyone with information is asked to call the anonymous police tip line at (502) 574-LMPD (5673).

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