Police release name, new details about woman found dead at Vt. recycling center

Published: Jan. 20, 2023 at 1:33 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 20, 2023 at 5:07 PM EST
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WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (WCAX) - Police have released the name of a woman found dead at a Vermont recycling plant on Tuesday, and they say her death was likely an accident.

The body of Jessica Morehouse, 34, of Hartford, was found Tuesday morning after a recycling truck emptied its contents at Casella’s White River Junction facility.

“She was transported there in one of their vehicles. We are working closely with businesses in Hartford, Norwich and Woodstock,” Hartford Acting Police Lt. Scott Moody said.

The truck had loaded roughly 40-50 dumpsters earlier that morning. Police say the driver was unaware that Morehouse was in one of them.

“There has been some indication that she was unhoused and may have been sleeping in dumpsters to stay warm, the cardboard dumpsters,” Moody said.

At this time, we do not know what caused Morehouse’s death, but the police say it appears to be a tragic accident.

“Their trucks have camera footage in the areas of the dumpsters and they have been reviewing footage with us and completely cooperative,” Moody said.

Casella Spokesperson Jeff Weld released a statement that said, in part: “Casella’s operational and safety teams are working with state and local authorities to help with their ongoing investigation. We are also ensuring that the Casella employees who were exposed to this tragedy are receiving the support that they need.”

Anyone who knows Morehouse or where she might have been in the days leading up to her death is asked to call the Hartford Police Department at 802-295-9425.

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