Grandville police investigate body found in cardboard boxes

12:09 AM, Dec 18, 2012   |    comments
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GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- At first, crews sorting cardboard in the recycling yard at Padnos Iron & Metal in Grandville didn't realize they'd found a body.

"Initially they thought it was a mannequin," explains Grandville Police Chief Dan Steere.

It was the body of Anthony Duane Wilson, 48, of Grand Rapids.

"We are at a loss," says Eugene Wilson, the dead man's brother. "I don't know how he ended up where he did."

Detectives say it appears the body was brought to the recycling yard in a truck full of cardboard collected from area dumpsters.

"Multiple pickups of recyclable cardboard from multiple locations throughout the Grand Rapids area," says Chief Steere.

Until an autopsy is done, police say they can't be sure sure when Wilson died or what killed him.

They say he lived, off and on, with his mother in Grand Rapids.

Investigators call his death "suspicious."

"We are not going to call it foul play," says Chief Steere. "Until we get the exact cause ot death, we are going to be very careful. I think the autopsy will give us lots of answers."

Police say the body was initially identified by fingerprints and then photographs.

"He was a good, kind hearted person," says Eugene Wilson. "We are trying to figure everything out. We are at a loss."

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