Police ID body found at Johnston recycling center


JOHNSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — The body of a Providence man was found Thursday at a recycling center in Johnston and Rhode Island State Police say his death appears to be an “unfortunate tragedy.”

The man was identified Friday as Roberto Vazquez, 61.

Vazquez’s body was discovered around 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Full Circle Recycling on Green Hill Road.

Police said it looked as though Vazquez sought shelter Wednesday night in a dumpster filled with cardboard outside a fast food restaurant in Cranston. A recycling truck picked up the contents of the dumpster Thursday morning and Vazquez was discovered when the driver emptied the truck at the facility.

The driver did not see nor hear anyone in the dumpster and was not aware there was anyone inside at the time, according to police.

Investigators found no signs of foul play and said the man’s death is not considered suspicious.

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