A New Jersey teenager who played in a heavy metal band called Hellfire was found dead at a garbage recycling facility on Saturday.
Workers found the bodies in bottles and cans dumped by a garbage collector at the Total Recycling Facility in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, around 8:30 a.m., according to the Burks County District Attorney.
An autopsy performed two days later revealed that “the victim’s injuries were consistent with being dumped in a garbage truck and later compacted,” the statement said.
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A description was sent to other law enforcement agencies to identify Bischoff’s body, which had several distinct tattoos. he was quickly identified. His family reported him missing.
Investigators learned he was in town visiting relatives and was last seen attending an off-campus party near Katstown University.
Investigators tracked his eventual movements, and surveillance showed Bischoff was alone when he climbed into a trash can behind the Dollar Tree on Constitution Boulevard in Cuttstown early Saturday morning. I got the footage.
Footage shows garbage haulers arriving hours later, emptying the bin into the back of the truck and compressing the contents — including Bischoff’s body, the news release says. The bodies were taken to a recycling facility.
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“The victim showed no signs of foul play or unexplained injury,” authorities said in a press release.
A toxicology report is still pending.
Originally from Manahawkin, a town known as the gateway to the Jersey Shore, Bischoff is left with his parents and younger sister. His bandmates set up his GoFundMe page to help with his family’s funeral expenses.
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“Kellen was the drummer for our band Hellfire and a dear friend to all of us,” the GoFundMe account said. “He was very dedicated and passionate about music and our band.”