EXETER, Pennsylvania TWP — Authorities said they found no evidence of foul play involved in the case of a New Jersey man who was found dead at a recycling facility in Berks County over the weekend.
Kellen J. Bischoff’s body was found shortly after 8:30 am on Saturday in a pile of recyclable materials unloaded by haulers at JP Mascaro’s TotalRecycle facility on Lincoln Road, Exeter Township. .
Before identifying Bischoff, investigators gave his account to Berks County law enforcement.The Kutztown Police Department then reported that 19-year-old Bischoff of Manahawkin, New Jersey had recently gone missing. , the district attorney’s office said in a news release Monday.
Detectives learned that Bischoff was in Kattstown to visit relatives and was last seen leaving an off-campus house party early Saturday morning. Surveillance video showed Bischoff was alone when he climbed into a dumpster in the back of one Dollar Tree store, he added. A few hours later, a recycling truck zipping up the contents of a dumpster was found empty and taken to a facility in his township in Exeter where Bischoff’s body was found.
An autopsy performed on Monday showed no signs of foul play or unexplained injuries, officials said.
The news comes after a disturbing weekend at Katstown University, when a teenager from Reading was shot dead in an off-campus residence. Then there were reports of a man with a weapon near campus.
Diego Velázquez, 18, was shot dead at about 12:50 a.m. Saturday during a party at his Advantage Point apartment building adjacent to the campus, police said. Velázquez was never a student.
About 24 hours later, at about 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, university police issued a warning to a man with a weapon near the eastern entrance to the campus.
Officials said the two incidents were not related.