by: Mark Becker Updated:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Special investigators and crime tape surround a Charlotte recycling center after someone discovered a body inside.
One by one, trucks sounded their retreat from a recycling center Thursday afternoon.
"They told me I can't come down here," said one driver. "There's a body."
Police said it's a body that turned up among the piles of scrap paper and cardboard around 11 a.m. Thursday.
"I've heard of it happening, but I've never been around it before," said a truck driver.
By noon, the lot was filled with police and crime scene technicians, who may have had the biggest piece of the bizarre puzzle, but who were still looking for others.
The medical examiner would have to say how he died, but police would be asking who the man was and how he ended up at the business.
With no firm answers, some others have their own theories.
"We come pick up these cans and stuff," said truck driver Danny Lowery. "We see homeless people in these cans. We might roll up on them, they come up out of the can, you know, and some have been dumped in the back of these trucks like that."
Lowery has driven a garbage truck for 14 years. He brought a load in Wednesday and he can't help but wonder if he might have missed something.
"I mean, I tell you, you just don't ever know," he said. "You never know."