A New Jersey teenager, who played in a heavy metal band called Hellfire, was found dead Saturday at a trash recycling facility, authorities said.
Workers discovered a body, later identified as 19-year-old Kellen Bischoff, around 8:30 a.m. at the Total Recycling Facility in Birdsboro, Pa., among crushed bottles and cans that were dumped by a garbage collector, according to the Pennsylvania prosecutor. Berks County District.
An autopsy conducted two days later revealed that “the victim’s injuries were consistent with being thrown and then compressed by the garbage truck,” according to the statement.
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To identify Bischoff’s body, which had several different tattoos, a description was sent to other law enforcement agencies. He was soon identified. His family had reported him missing.
Investigators learned that he had been in town visiting a relative and was last seen attending an off-campus party near Kutztown University.
Investigators tracked his final movements and obtained surveillance footage showing Bischoff was alone when he climbed into a dumpster early Saturday morning in the back of the Dollar Tree on Constitution Boulevard in Kutztown.
Footage shows a garbage hauler arriving hours later and emptying the dumpster into the back of his truck, then compressing the contents, including Bischoff’s remains, the news release says. The teen’s body was then transported to the recycling facility.
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“No signs of foul play or unexplained injuries were observed on the victim,” authorities said in a news release.
A toxicology report is still pending.
Bischoff, who hailed from Manahawkin, a town known as the gateway to the Jersey shore, is survived by his parents and a sister. His bandmates have launched a GoFundMe page to help his family with funeral expenses.
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“Kellen was the drummer in our band Hellfire and was a dear friend of ours,” the GoFundMe account reads. “He was very dedicated and passionate about music and our band.”