THE mystery disappearance of a man missing for three months was solved this week after parts of his skin and bone were found in his workplace.
The remains of 20-year-old Duncan Alexander Burrell Gordon, who had been missing since May 5, were found last month inside a recycling plant.
The Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office confirmed on Wednesday that tests revealed the man fell into a shredding machine at Industrial Recycling & Recovery, Inc. in Greer, South Carolina, according to WYFF.
Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger said in a press release that the materials found inside the machine were "consistent with human fat, microscopically minute particles of skin and small pieces of bone."
The coroner's office obtained positive test results for Gordon's DNA on June 10.
Noting that the average male has about 10.5ounces of blood, Clevenger said: "I ask you to also consider that the missing man weighed between 210 and 250 pounds."
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He continued: "What was recovered by the detective may be approximately 2 ounces."
"It was reported to the Sheriff’s Office that approximately 60,000 pounds of plastic material had been processed between the time Gordon was noticed missing and when the first investigator arrived to inspect the machine."
Gordan had been working an overnight shift at the recycling center and on top of the machine when he was last seen.
The machine Gordan's remains were found in was viewed a total of four times, Clevenger said.
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He said the plant was first checked by Gordon's dad, a supervisor at the plant, second by a uniformed patrol supervisor after the missing report was filed, third by sheriff’s investigators and cadaver K-9s, and fourth by Clevenger's office.
It wasn't until the third search that materials were located under the machine's conveyor belt and tested.
Clevenger explained: "The material was desiccated so it was hydrated in a lab later.
"After hydration, it tested positive for human blood.
"What we have tested and was positive came from under a support under the conveyor belt just after the plastic shredding machine."
The missing case is now closed, Clevenger said, however, due to there being no body in this case, a conventional death certificate is unable to be issued.
Clevenger explained in a press release:"We have contacted the family and recycling operation about this matter. …
"State regulations require another remedy for the family to get closure because there is nobody.
"The family has been made aware of the process."
Following the news, Gordan's dad said he was "lost without my son."
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According to a Fox affiliate, his dad said in a statement: "We were together 24/7 and now all I can do is cry and go in his room and tell him how much I love and miss him."
OSHA is investigating further and checking for safety violations – a process that usually takes around eight weeks, The State reports.
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