Nearly two decades after an unidentified man’s body was discovered at a Nashville recycling center, detectives are renewing efforts to identify him. On December 11, 2003, an employee at the Rivergate Recycling Center found the body amongst cardboard from a dumpster. Investigations by the Metro Nashville Police Department indicate the man died from crush injuries and mechanical asphyxia, likely while inside a dumpster at a business on Murfreesboro Road.
Newly released details describe the man as Hispanic, with brown eyes, black hair, a goatee-style beard, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, and weighing around 150 pounds. Estimated to be between 20 and 40 years old at the time of death, he was wearing a grey long-sleeve shirt, grey pants, black shoes, a purple vest, and a multicolored beaded necklace with a crucifix.
The MNPD’s Cold Case Unit urges anyone with information about the man’s identity to contact them at 615-862-7329 or Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463. Informants may receive a cash reward of up to $5,000.