Chesterfield Police identify body found in landfill

CHESTER, VA (WWBT) - Police have identified the body found in a Chesterfield recycling plant Friday. Now, they are trying to figure out how 55-year-old Mark Henshaw died.

Authorities say even though the body had started to decompose, the medical examiner was able to use fingerprints to make the ID. They add there were no obvious signs of trauma to Mark Henshaw.

Chesterfield Police are still calling this a suspicious death investigation and right now are trying to determine if there was any foul play.

Detectives say Henshaw was last seen by family members about a week ago at the home where he stayed with them on West Bon View Drive in Bon Air. They had not filed a missing persons report, but police maintain they had reason for that.

"It's not unusual for him to leave that residence and be gone for a period of time," Lt. Randy Horowitz explained. "We've interviewed the relative where he was staying on and off and we're comfortable there's nothing suspicious in that part of the investigation."

What investigators want to figure out is where he was last seen alive. The plant where Henshaw was found takes dumpsters from all over the state and metro-area.

These aren't the dumpsters you'd frequently see behind small businesses, but more industrial-sized containers. Chesterfield Police say the body was in one of those dumpsters, which was then emptied into the landfill and was discovered as the contents were being sorted on a conveyer belt.

"We're working to try and determine where the dumpster that would have brought his body to the recycling is from so that we can tie that down a little bit more and do some more interviews," Horowitz added.

Police say they are examining how Henshaw got into the dumpster and say it is not out of the realm of possibility that he climbed in there voluntarily.

Investigators are looking to learn whether the 55-year-old had any problems with anyone. They're also awaiting a cause of death from the medical examiner.

At this point, we're told, there are no definite signs of foul play.

If you know anything about Henshaw's death, call Crime Solvers at 748-0660.

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