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(Travis County Sheriff's Office)

The body of Randall Shinault, 62, was discovered at a recycling center in southern Travis County on Thursday.


Employees who were sorting materials at a recycling center on FM 1327 observed a body on a conveyor belt and called 911, according to a press release issued by the Travis County Sheriff's Office on Monday.

Deputies responded and found Shinault, whom they say was a transient.

TCSO is investigating Shinault's cause of death and how his body ended up at a recycling center. Evidence collected so far does not definitively indicate foul play, according to the release, but the office is still considering Shinault's death suspicious.

Anyone with information about Shinault is asked to call the TCSO tip line at 512-854-1444.

As of mid-November, more than 250 homeless Austinites had died in 2020. Local nonprofit Caritas of Austin hosted its annual homeless memorial event—virtually—on Nov. 15 and commemorated each person by placing a name tag on a tree along the banks of Lady Bird Lake at Auditorium Shores.

This represents an increase of more than 70 deaths compared to the year before, according to KUT.

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