Body found among linens at Phoenix laundry facility

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Employees at commercial laundry facility in Phoenix were stunned after making a gruesome discovery -- a body in a bin.

According to Phoenix police, the body of a man was on a delivery truck from medical facilities in Tucson. The truck arrived at the Sodexo facility on 36th Street south of Broadway Road Thursday night.

Workers who were unloading the bins of soiled sheets noticed blood. They found the body in one of the bins a short time later.

According to Phoenix police, the truck had connected with another truck from Nogales earlier in the day. The driver continued making other pickups in Tucson before heading up to Phoenix. Detectives said the trucks did not make any stops between Tucson and Phoenix.

Investigators have tracked down the driver of the Nogales truck, according to Officer James Holmes of the Phoenix Police Department.

Police are not releasing the name of the victim, an Indian man believed to be 54 years old, until they can notify his next of kin.

According to Sgt. Matt Ronstadt of the Tucson Police Department, the man was a transient who had been been caught sleeping in the laundry-bag area near a medical facility in Tucson on at least one previous occasion. He had been warned not to do it again.

According to Sgt. Matt Ronstadt of the Tucson Police Department, the man did not heed that warning.

Police said the man crawled into the bin and either died from a medical condition or suffocated by the plastic bags. A bottle of liquor was found next to him.

His body was not discovered until the delivery truck arrived at its destination in Phoenix.

Ronstadt said there is no criminal investigation.

According to the Sodexo website, the Commercial Linen Exchange in Phoenix is a 50,000 square-foot facility that cleans an average of 900,000 pounds of laundry each week totaling about 47 million pounds per year.

The Sodexo Commercial Linen Exchange facility in Phoenix has been accredited by the Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council since December 2008.