A body of a young woman was found inside a plastic bag at a recycling plant in northwest Miami-Dade on Tuesday morning.
The body was found at the Southeastern Recycling Plant Corporation in the 3400 block of Northwest 110th Street about 9 a.m.
Several workers told police they first thought it was a mannequin mixed with the debris.
"In the early morning hours, we received a phone call from this place that there was a body found at their facility," said Miami-Dade Police Major Gerry Jeanniton.
One worker told Local 10 that the body was a young female in a plastic bag. He said she was face down and warm to the touch.
The plant works with Waste Management and picks up and processes recyclable materials from homes, businesses, and city and county governments in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. The recycling plant sent most of their employees home after the discovery was made. The only ones who stayed were those who made the discovery.
"It's amazing. They haven't even been in business here that long. Maybe a year," said Rich Johnson, who works nearby.
The remains are believed to be those of a young, red-haired woman in her late teens or early 20's. Detectives believe she was dumped into a recycling bin, unknowingly tossed into a truck, and ended up at the plant. Police told Local 10 Crime Specialist John Turchin she had no identification.
"We don't know who that person is. All we have is a white female," said Jeanniton.
Detectives took DNA samples and dental impressions.
Anyone with information should call Miami-Dade CrimeStoppers at 305-471-6160.