Update: Body Found At Landfill Identified

By: Myrddin McHugh, Alex Hassel Email
By: Myrddin McHugh, Alex Hassel Email
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Authorities have identified the man whose body was found at the Douglas County Landfill on Wednesday as 57-year-old Lewis D. Doss of 3025 Meredith Avenue.

A trash hauler found the body at the landfill northwest of Bennington Wednesday morning.

A driver emptying his truck at the Pheasant Point Landfill near 216th Street and Highway 36 around 6:30 a.m. noticed limbs sticking out of the garbage. Investigators said the man hadn't been dead long and was fully clothed.

"We had a lot of trash to uncover from the victim and we've done that," said Douglas County Sheriff's Department Capt. Steve Glandt.

Investigators say it's still not clear how Doss ended up inside a dumpster. Sheriff Investigators are working to locate each trash pickup location to search for additional evidence.

The Sheriff's Department says it appears that the Deffenbaugh driver was unaware that Doss was inside a dumpster as it was picked up. Deffenbaugh Industries and Douglas County Environmental Service officials are working with the Sheriff’s Office to complete the investigation.

Family members tell WOWT 6 News that they saw Lewis Doss Tuesday night and he was fine.

His niece, Tiffany Wright, said, "We don't know the outcome of anything right now. We just know that it just happened and we just want everyone to know we love him."

Grief is settling in for family members learning of their loss.

Niece Marissa Doss said, "We loved him. His family adores him and we are going to wait. We are going to get to the bottom of this.”

Three weeks ago, Marissa lost her 17-month-old daughter Ariyah, gone within 48 hours of being admitted to the hospital.

Authorities have not specified a cause of death for Lewis Doss but they do say that foul play is not suspected at this time. An autopsy has been scheduled for Thursday morning.


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