3 days of searching landfill, no sign of missing teen's body

Andrew Compton
Andrew Compton

By Elizabeth Donatelli - bio | email

MEDORA, IN (WAVE) - For the third day, police combed through a landfill in hopes of finding a missing Sullivan University student. 18-year-old Andrew Compton disappeared two weeks ago. Louisville Metro Police have charged a man with his murder, now they just need to find Compton's remains.

LMPD Homicide Lt. Barry Wilkerson said they found a few items of interest, but it's too early to tell if they will end up being evidence.

There are more than 60 men and women looking through the trash and 50 of them are recruits. They have been using heavy machinery to loosen compacted trash, then recruits comb through the trash with a rake. As many as three could go over the same pile of garbage, then cadaver dogs search it for human scents.

"I'm not going to say it's easy, but what makes it easier is we have a purpose," said LMPD recruit Yousseff Mattiche. "We're looking forward to find Andrew and bring some closure to the department, to his family and to the whole case."

An estimated 850 tons of trash are dumped at the Medora Landfill each day.

"It's an enormous task on hand we're going to stay positive and do what we can to bring this young man out of here," said Wilkerson.

Through dumping records, Rumpke, the company that runs the landfill, helped narrow the focus to a half acre where it thinks Compton's body could be.

Police arrested Gregory O'Bryan for Compton's murder and say O'Bryan told them Compton died while they were having sex. Then he put his body in a TV box and into the dumpster.

Police will resume the search on Friday morning. 

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