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Published On: Mon, Oct 27th, 2014

Travis Thurman identified as Washington man killed in paper recycling accident

The death of a man whose body was found at a paper- recycling company in South Everett has been ruled an accident by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Travis A. Thurman, 23, of Everett was identified by authorities as the victim. The cause of death is blunt-force crush injuries to the head and trunk, according to the medical examiner.

An employee at Fibres International discovered the man’s body in a bin last Thursday. The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office repeated the earlier statement that this appeared to be an accident, there were no signs of foul play and the ME report validates this explanation.

Fibris Spokeswoman Shari Ireton said sheriff’s detectives and the county medical examiner are investigating the body found noting that “while major crimes detectives are investigating “at this time there is no evidence that the death is suspicious.”

“I don’t think there was anyone missing from our building that I know of,” said Lavon Waters, who works at a business in the same industrial park.

“It could have been loaded on that truck anywhere. I don’t even know where all the recycling comes in from.”

Workers in the business park said the place is very busy all day and night, with trucks coming in and out for deliveries.

The recycling facility, Fibres International, has a website that describes its recycling and shredding business serving clients from Bellingham to Tacoma. Their site states their clients include some of the largest employers in the region.

Photo/Minnesota Historical Society via wikimedia commons

Photo/Minnesota Historical Society via wikimedia commons

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  1. Brigitte Fisher says:

    I have a difficult time believing that someone just happens to end up crushed to death by reasons unknown. Maybe trying to get to the bottom of the death of a homeless man is not a priority for the Snohomish County Sheriff Department.

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