AG releases identity of man whose body was found at Auburn transfer station

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An Auburn Police Sergeant stationed at the entrance to the town transfer station following the discovery on May 13 of a body. Photo/Pat Grossmith

AUBURN, NH — Authorities have identified the man found dead Monday morning at the Auburn Transfer Station as William Bradley, 36, whose last whereabouts was in Manchester or Nashua.

An autopsy performed by Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Jennie V. Duval on Tuesday determined the cause of his death to be “probable traumatic asphyxia,” according to a news release issued by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office.

Traumatic asphyxia results from a severe crush injury causing sudden compression of the thorax, according to the U.S. Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

How Bradley died – that is, whether his death was accidental or a homicide – remains under investigation.

Bradley’s body was discovered Monday about 10 a.m. at the Auburn Transfer Station, operated by Waste Management of New Hampshire at 24 Gray Point Ave.  Workers at the transfer station saw a human body in a pile of refuse delivered to the facility, according to investigators.

Chris Trickett of Trickett Woodworks, which abuts the transfer station, told Manchester Ink Link on Monday the body was discovered when a dumpster truck was being emptied and the trash was being sorted.

“The man running the machine thought it was a mannequin,” he said.

He said the truck came in from somewhere else.

Anyone who may have information about Mr. Bradley or may have seen him after May 10, 2019, is asked to contact Trooper Stephen Sloper of the New Hampshire State Police at (603) 223-4381 or