Police investigate after finding decomposed body near dumpster in Lancaster County

Lancaster

EAST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WHTM) — On Wednesday morning around 9 a.m. East Lampeter Township Police got a call from an employee of a nearby business about finding human remains.

Lt. Rob Eachus with East Lampeter Township Police said officers on the scene confirmed that a body was located near a dumpster in a parking lot behind the Target.

Investigators believe the body was there for weeks before it was found. They aren’t sure if foul play was involved.

Shoppers like Abby Brown were surprised to see a crime scene there.

“It was kinda shocking,” Brown said. “It was pretty unusual, especially like a place I come to.”

Police are working to gather information to piece together what happened.

“The investigators have been in contact with both businesses as well as private residences in the area to review any possible surveillance video,” Eachus said.

One of the main questions they want to answer is who the person was.

“We’ve been reviewing our records to see if we have anyone that may match or come close to a description so we can check on their welfare,” Eachus said.

Shopper Nathaniel Jones says seeing something happen like this in his community is unusual.

“I feel like this is a safe area. I really don’t hear about crime all that much honestly,” Jones said. “It definitely is strange, because it’s not something you’re used to hearing about. Like if you hear about it you’ll normally know what’s going on. And that’s really random, and it’s kinda freaky.”

Police are asking for the community to help as well.

“If anyone in the viewing public would have been missing a friend or a family member that they haven’t seen in the past couple weeks, to please check on them. And if they can’t get ahold of them please contact us so we can follow up,” Eachus said.

They ask anyone with information to call the Twp. police at (717) 291-4676.

The Lancaster County coroner is planning on doing an autopsy on the body this Friday or Monday.

This is a developing story, stay tuned to abc27 as more information is released.

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