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Cause of death for man found in trash bin undetermined, coroner says

Woman describes how she found a body in a Cahokia trash bin

Teresa Bryant describes how she found a body in a trash bin outside an apartment complex in Cahokia. Bryant said she was waiting for someone to pick her up to play dominoes and decided to clean up her apartment. While throwing some trash away, she
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Teresa Bryant describes how she found a body in a trash bin outside an apartment complex in Cahokia. Bryant said she was waiting for someone to pick her up to play dominoes and decided to clean up her apartment. While throwing some trash away, she

Authorities have released the identity of a man whose body was found in a Cahokia trash bin Tuesday.

An autopsy of Cahokia resident Shaun Turner, 36, was conducted Wednesday, and St. Clair County Coroner Calvin Dye Sr. said the cause of death for Turner was undetermined.

“We are awaiting further autopsy results,” Dye said.

Turner lived in the apartment complex where his body was found in the 100 block of Jerome Lane.

His body was found Tuesday afternoon when a resident of the apartment complex, Teresa Bryant, went to empty some trash into the bin. She saw a comforter in the bin and tugged at it. When she tugged, she saw the body.

She said she has lived at the apartment complex for six years, and now she wonders if it’s safe to take out the trash.

“Who would expect to find something like that?” she said. Bryant said Turner’s face was tightly wrapped in plastic wrap.

She said she was stunned Wednesday to learn that the body was that of her neighbor.

The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis was immediately activated to assist Cahokia police.

Anyone with information about Turner’s death can call the Major Case Squad at 618-332-4248.

Carolyn P. Smith: 618-239-2503

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