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Body found inside garbage container floating on Mississippi River

Red tie-down straps wrapped around the container. Red tie-down straps wrapped around the container.
It caught the attention of several men who were working near the river on an engineering project. It caught the attention of several men who were working near the river on an engineering project.

(WMC-TV) - A woman was found dead inside a garbage container floating down the Mississippi River Monday morning, according to Memphis police. The body was found around 7:00 a.m. near Harbor Avenue and Port Street on President's Island.

Red tie-down straps wrapped around the container. It caught the attention of several men who were working near the river on an engineering project.

"At first I thought it might be a little child because you couldn't really tell the garbage can ... How big it was in the water," said John Staggs who found the body. "I said shoot I want them [straps]."

Staggs put a rope around the container to pull it to the bank, and he started undoing the straps.

"I undo one ... I undid the other one the top started coming open, and a hand popped out, and I said, 'Oh Lord, time to go.' I called my boss man," he said.

The boss called police.

Witnesses said the container looked like the kind residents use for garbage, with wheels and a flip top. It had a hole cut in the top and side. The men guessed the perpetrator did it thinking that would make the container sink.

Steve Kuykendall has worked on the river for 37 years. He said it was the first time he has seen a body in the river.

"It was a sick person ... Got to be a sick person ... I mean who would do that to a girl?" said Staggs.

Police believe they know the identity of the woman, but they have not yet released that information. No one is in custody.

The cause of death has not been determined.

Homicide investigators are asking anyone with information that may help solve this crime to call CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH.

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