Cause of death unknown for man found at recycling center

York County coroner announces results in death of Randall Rich, 59

Six weeks after his body was found at a York-area recycling center, “it is still not known exactly how Randall Rich died,” the York County coroner announced Monday.

The body of Rich, 59, had been found by workers June 11 on a conveyor belt at the Penn Waste recycling center, 3625 Mia Brae Drive.

And while “the autopsy determined that Rich’s body sustained some injuries, most likely after death, due to the equipment utilized in the recycling process,” the cause of death is unknown, York County Coroner Pamela Gay said.

“With more information regarding Rich’s appearance/disappearance in the days before his body was found, the cause and manner of death may be changed,” a statement from Gay’s office on Twitter said.

An autopsy had been conducted June 13 at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown.

York County Deputy Coroner Jeffri Goodfellow had responded to the scene at the York Waste recycling center.

Rich, who earlier had been living in Butler County, north of Pittsburgh, had no recent fixed address, and “was reportedly seen alive in York County several days before his body was found,” the coroner office’s statement continued.

Anyone who may have information regarding Rich’s appearance/disappearance in York County in the days before his body was found should call Northern York County Regional Police at (717) 292-3647 or the York County coroner’s office at (717) 840-7617.

David O'Connor
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