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Body found inside wastewater treatment plant identified

May 22, 2019

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A coroner has identified a body found inside an eastern Indiana wastewater treatment plant.

Delaware County Coroner Rick Howell said relatives of the man, 41-year-old Michael Donald Coates of Muncie, were notified of his death Wednesday.

Police say the body was discovered Monday morning on a conveyor belt inside the Muncie Sanitary District wastewater treatment plant.

Muncie Police Capt. Joe Todd tells The Star Press an autopsy failed to establish a cause of death.

Todd says Muncie Sanitary District officials have told investigators a filtration system large enough to carry human remains stretches across the city.

Investigators have determined Coates was last in touch with a family member on Sunday morning.

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Information from: The Star Press, http://www.thestarpress.com

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