Det. Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick, commander of the Suffolk homicide squad, said the body of an adult male was discovered at 6:55 a.m. at Eastern Resource Recycling, 88 Old Dock Rd., by workers in a pile of refuse that had just been dumped by a garbage truck at the facility for sorting.
"They thought it might have been a mannequin at first because they get that sometimes," Fitzpatrick said.
The dead man was later identified by police as Joseph Chancellor, of Rocky Point. His body was discovered two days after his 42nd birthday.
The cause of death is being investigated by the medical examiner, said Fitzpatrick, who could not pinpoint where the body had been picked up.
John Maggio, owner of Maggio Sanitation Services, which owns Eastern Resource Recycling Inc., said the body was picked up somewhere in Rocky Point by a Maggio truck. The truck collected the refuse from 30 commercial businesses.
Maggio handles refuse collection and Eastern sorts and distributes the refuse to dumps and incinerators.
The garbage collected by the truck was brought to the Eastern transfer station at Old Dock Road. When the garbage was dumped onto the floor of a warehouse for sorting, the body was discovered.
"It was disturbing for a couple of the guys," who found the body, said Maggio, adding that the men then went home. "Our hearts go out to the family of the person involved," he said.
Maggio said the body had identification on it.