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Man found in landfill was crushed to death, medical examiner says

Authorities in Denton County believe that a human body found in a landfill on Monday, Feb. 5, might have gotten there inside a recycling container.
Authorities in Denton County believe that a human body found in a landfill on Monday, Feb. 5, might have gotten there inside a recycling container. Courtesy

The body of a white male found in a landfill in Denton on Monday afternoon has been identified by the Tarrant County medical examiner's office, which also determined that he was crushed to death.

Ramon E. Ortiz, 47, died from injuries to the head, chest and abdomen as a result of being crushed, according to the Denton Police Department, which released the medical examiner's findings Wednesday afternoon.

On Monday, police said that they believed that Ortiz's body might have been transported to the recycling facility at the Denton Landfill inside a recycling container. Two employees reported to police that they observed part of a human body protruding from a pile of refuse.

Police have not determined if the death is a homicide. They said the investigation is ongoing.

The Fort Worth Police Department found a body inside a vacant home in the 6400 block of Woodway Drive in southwest Fort Worth. Police said they received a tip about the body at the location from the Arlington Police Department.

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