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Body wrapped in plastic found behind dumpster in Capitol Heights

A man’s body was found behind a dumpster at a Capitol Heights area apartment complex Friday, and police are exploring the case as a homicide, authorities said.

A maintenance worker at the Woodhaven Apartments in the 1400 block of Doewood Lane discovered the body while he was taking some trash to the dumpster about 8:30 a.m., said Cpl. Henry Tippett, a Prince George’s County Police spokesman. He said the body was wrapped in plastic and had obvious trauma, though investigators were not sure yet of the exact nature of the wounds.

Tippett said the man appeared to be in his 30s, and officers preliminarily believed he had been left behind the dumpster since Thursday night or early Friday morning. He said detectives were exploring whether he was killed where the maintenance man found him or whether he was killed elsewhere, then left there.

Detectives have not yet identified the man, and they have no suspects or motive in the case, Tippett said. He said the man’s body was sent to the medical examiner for an autopsy.

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