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Blotter: Investigators search for family of man found dead at landfill

Denton County medical investigators are looking for any details that would help uncover the identity of a man found dead at the Denton landfill on Monday. 

Troy Taylor, Denton chief death investigator for the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office, said the body underwent an autopsy Tuesday morning. The death has been ruled an accident from crush injuries to the head, chest and abdomen, he said. 

Taylor said the ruling is only preliminary as officials wait on results of a toxicology exam, which may provide more clues behind the man's death. 

A city worker found the man's body partially buried around under a pile of trash in the Pratt Industries recycling facility in the 1500 block of South Mayhill Road. He was wearing several layers of shirts, pants and socks but didn't have any form of identification. He appeared to be between 40 and 50 years old, Taylor said. 

Investigators haven't been able to determine his race based on skin tone, and they still don't know where the man was from, Taylor said. 

Police believe the man had been inside a recycling container that was dumped into a trash truck, which then dumped the trash at the Pratt Industries recycling facility at the landfill. City officials said the report involved a truck running a commercial route, but Denton police spokesman Shane Kizer didn't know whether investigators had narrowed their search to a specific truck on Tuesday afternoon. 

Taylor also said the man had several tattoos, including the name "Angelica" on his left arm. The word "Rosy" is written in cursive lettering on his chest near his heart and again, in smaller cursive lettering, on his left ring finger. The year "1977" is also written on his left ring finger, Taylor said. 

The man had cropped salt-and-pepper hair and wore relatively new boots, Taylor said. 

Other reports 

2900 block of Englefield Green Drive — A 36-year-old man was arrested Monday after grabbing a woman's left arm at a home in northwest Denton, leaving her with a 2-inch bruise and scrape, police said. 

The man was charged with assault family violence, and he was taken to Denton City Jail about 10 a.m. The report did not provide further information. 

300 block of West University Drive — A Jack in the Box employee stole money from two cash registers at the fast-food restaurant Monday night after her boss sent the employee home early, according to police. 

A district manager told police the employee clocked in about 10 p.m. Monday, but the manager already had taken her off the schedule because of performance issues, the police report said. The employee was sent home about half an hour later but stole about $300 from the registers before leaving, police said. 

No arrests were made at the time of the police report. 

5800 block of Blagg Road — Police discovered a horse that had been dead for several days while investigating a report of animal cruelty Monday at a home in far east Denton. 

An unidentified person made the cruelty report by calling the Linda McNatt Animal Care & Adoption Center around noon. The police report did not elaborate on the nature of the offense. 

Police later checked the home and found the dead horse. The responding officer filed a report, but no arrests were made. 


From 7 a.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday:

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 922 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 38 people were booked into Denton County Jail.

Denton police handled 147 calls for service and made seven arrests.

Denton firefighters handled 27 medical calls, one vehicle crash and one gas leak.