ECTOR COUNTY, Texas (KMID/KPEJ)- Ector County Sheriff Mike Griffis said a man found dead early Thursday morning died after he jumped from a dumpster. Griffis said the man was inside the dumpster when a sanitation worker arrived to empty the bin; just before the dumpster was set to be unloaded into the garbage truck, the victim jumped and landed headfirst on the pavement, security video showed.
Griffis said ECSO has a possible identification that will be confirmed at autopsy. The man has been described as a transient in his mid-twenties.
The Ector County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a body was found early this morning in the area of University and Roundup.
Sheriff Mike Griffis confirmed that deputies responded to the area around 6:04 a.m. to investigate a death. Griffis said a person was inside a dumpster when sanitation workers emptied the container. It is unclear if the person was already dead inside the dumpster or if they died after the dumpster was emptied. The investigation into the cause and manner of death is ongoing and the identity of the deceased has not yet been confirmed.
No other details have been released. We will update this story as more information becomes available.