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  • 3 August 2014, 10:54

Recycling Depot Death: First Image Of Victim

Police have released an image of man whose body parts were found at a recycling depot as an investigation continues.

Wiltshire Police are thought to be looking at the possibility that Matthew Symonds may have fallen asleep in a recycling bin.

The 34-year-old's body parts were found on Friday morning at the Biffa site next to Avonmouth docks near Bristol.

Detectives believe he could have been transported 45 miles in a recycling bin from his home town of Swindon.

Wiltshire Police's senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Bevan, said the investigation was still at an early stage.

He said Mr Symonds' relatives were being supported by family liaison officers from the force.

The alarm was raised at around 11am on Friday after human remains were found by depot staff.

The site was then immediately cordoned off as police were called in.

The tragedy comes just a day after a human leg was found by workers at a Dublin recycling plant. That find is also still being investigated.

In 2012, the body of Canadian student Garrett Elsey was found at a different waste depot in Avonmouth.

The 22-year-old - who had been out drinking while celebrating his first night in the UK - fell asleep in a wheelie bin before it was emptied hours later.

An inquest later heard Mr Elsey was crushed to death in the back of the bin lorry.