Man found dead in recycle load of cardboard is identified
It was a gruesome find for workers at the Alpco Recycling plant on Route 31F in Macedon at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday (9/26). A load of tightly compacted recycled cardboard was being unloaded when the body of a man was found in it.
Police immediately responded and the entire plant was cordoned off. The truck owned by Clean Way of Rochester dropped off a load of recycled cardboard at the plant, which had been picked up from dumpsters at commercial sites on the east side of Monroe County earlier in the morning. “The truck driver was pretty shook up,” said Alpco owner Al Plumb. The body was removed to the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office where an autopsy was performed.
Police began the laborious task of sifting through the load for evidence. Eventually a library card and keychain was found, along with a wallet and back pack. Police refused to positively identify the man pending fingerprint matching since the body was completely mangled.
The truck, described as a front loader, lifts dumpsters over the cab, without the driver exiting the vehicle. The recycled material is then fed into a compactor that crushes the material to allow for bigger loads.
Police determined that the dumpster in which the man had been was picked up at the Tobey Office Park off Jefferson Road in Pittsford. Police are still investigating the reason the man was in the dumpster at the time of the pick-up, but the Times has learned that 51 year-old, Donald J. Danforth had been a businessman who had fallen on hard times and was living in the woods and out of dumpsters prior to his death. He once occupied office space at the business park and had been living out of the office until being kicked out. There was no indication at press time of any foul play, but the investigation is continuing.
According to Alpco floor manager Dave Hickman, who was present when the body was discovered, deer carcass, and the occasional squirrel, raccoon or skunk will turn up in a load, but this was the first time in its 50 year history that anyone at Alpco had discovered an actual body. At first Hickman thought the body was possibly a mannequin until he investigated a bit closer.