On 02/18/2020, shortly after 9:00 AM, members of the city’s Solid Waste Division discovered a body amongst the garbage in the back of a city garbage truck. The coroner has identified the deceased as 50 year old Billings man, James Brown. Additionally, the medical examiner reports the manner of death was accidental by asphyxia and crush injury.
At this time, the BPD has no information to indicate criminal involvement or foul play. Investigators believe Mr. Brown was inside a dumpster in the area of South 27th and Minnesota during the time of garbage collection.
The investigation remains open/active and classified as a death investigation. Detectives will continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding Mr. Brown’s death the same as any other unattended death case.