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Grisly Discovery: Body Found in Blue Curbside Recycling Bin

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A few days ago a blue recycling bin showed up outside a home in Southwest Los Angeles. At the time, residents didn't notice anything too suspicious about it—it looked like any other city-issued bin for recyclables.

But resident Ruth Martinez said that when her daughter took the family puppy out for a walk, the dog began barking furiously at the bin outside their home near 67th Street and Halldale Avenue, according to ABC 7. Yesterday the family figured out why: someone had stuffed the body of a 50 or 60-year-old man inside.

Someone hoping to rummage through the recyclables ended up finding the body and reporting it to police yesterday morning. The man was fully clothed and his body was fully intact. His name or cause of death still hasn't been released, according to City News Service.