Alcoa Employees Find Body on Coal Conveyor Belt

Published 02/17 2014 04:55PM

Updated 02/17 2014 05:27PM

Every day load after load of coal is dropped off at Alcoa's Warrick County power plant. This morning Alcoa employees noticed something that didn't belong on their coal conveyor belt. "It was causing problems with their unloading process. That's how they noticed that there was somebody in the belt system." Warrick County Sheriff Brett Kruse says a white man, near 30 years old, about six feet tall, around 170 pounds, with short hair was found dead this morning.
Sheriff Kruse says with the nature of the job his initial thought would be the man died in an industrial accident. "At this point they have no reason to believe it is one of the employees at Alcoa, at the Alcoa aluminum smelting plant, or one of the employees at the Alcoa power plant," said Sheriff Kruse.
Even though the deceased is not believed to be an Alcoa employee the scope of where the body come from is still broad. "Alcoa has got a lot of security equipment in place. So they have been looking at surveilance video to see and they have not been able to find him coming in at any point in time."
Trains deliver coal to Alcoa from all over southern Indiana. Sheriff Kruse says the department is asking coal mines to make sure they can account for all their miners. At this point how the man made his way on the train is still a mystery.
Investigators say this is not the person who jumped into the river off the Twin Bridges. Alcoa is upriver from the bridges and this body was not found near the water
An autopsy could be completed as early as this evening to determine the man's identity and cause cause of death. 

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