Male human remains were found on Friday at a self-storage facility in Okleigh, Australia, a suburb of Melbourne. The body was wrapped in plastic and stuffed inside a garbage bin at Total Self Storage & Removals at 4 Milgate St. It was discovered by workers who’d been clearing the premises after the property was recently sold, according to several sources.
Police have identified the remains and deemed the death suspicious. The victim’s name hasn’t been released, but the next of kin have been notified and are assisting with the investigation, according to a source.
Police believe the man’s body could’ve been inside the bin for more than 15 years. “What we're looking at is what’s possibly a long-term decomposition of a body here, so we'll need to take a fair investigation to get to the bottom of it,” said Pixie Fuhrmeister, senior sergeant for the Victoria Police Department.
The bin was bound by straps and filled with grass, soil and straw. After scraping out the contents, workers noticed the body and called police.
Police have yet to identity the renter of the storage unit, but believe it hadn’t been accessed in years. The property owner has provided tenant records, but a number of the units have been abandoned, according to several sources.
Detectives plan to examine cold cases and missing-persons reports as part of the investigation, Fuhrmeister said. Police have temporarily closed the site during their investigation and are searching the entire property. So far, they haven’t found anything related to the discovery of the remains.
Total Self Storage & Removals was founded in 1987 by John and Katie Cornehls. The name of the new owner wasn’t disclosed.
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