Body discovered at Auburn transfer station

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Aerial view of the Waste Management facility in Auburn. Photo/Jeffrey Hastings, Frame of Mind Photo

AUBURN, NH — A body of a man was found Monday morning at the Waste Management Transfer Station, off the Londonderry Turnpike.

The death is suspicious, according to a news release issued by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office.

Chris Trickett of Trickett Woodworks, which abuts the transfer station, said when a dumpster truck was being emptied and the trash was being sorted, a worker discovered the body.

Entrance to Auburn’s transfer station. Photo/Pat Grossmith

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

He said the truck came in from somewhere else.

Trickett’s business has been in that location for about 20 years, the same as the transfer station.  He said trucks unload trash there and after it is sorted, the garbage is transferred to larger trucks and hauled off-site.  Trickett said at the end of the day, there is no garbage at the site.

He said Waste Management has been a good neighbor.

An Auburn Police Sergeant stationed at the entrance to the town transfer station. Photo/Pat Grossmith

“It’s a small town, a nice town,” he said.  “It’s a nice place to live. This is pretty unusual, to say the least.”

New Hampshire State Police Major Crime Unit is on the scene and Auburn police Sgt. James Huard was posted at the gate to ensure only authorized personnel entered the facility.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley said one of the matters investigators are looking into is how the “adult male came to be at the transfer station.  I have been advising that he was not someone who worked at the transfer station.”

An autopsy is scheduled for this afternoon.

The transfer station, at 24 Grey Point Ave., was shut down for the day,  and will remain closed Tuesday as state police continue to investigate, according to Auburn Selectman Todd Bedard, who posted on the town’s Community Facebook Page Monday night.