Body of missing city worker found in Dallas landfill




Posted on May 11, 2010 at 9:58 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 11 at 1:54 PM

McCommas Bluff Landfill

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DALLAS - The body of a missing City of Dallas employee was found shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday morning in the landfill where he went missing the day before.

Several teams from Dallas Police Department, Fire-Rescue and the City of Dallas searched the McCommas Bluff Landfill Monday afternoon and night and resumed their search Tuesday morning.

Dallas Police Lt. Andrew Harvey said Monday that the 37-year-old sanitation department worker was last seen at about 1 p.m. when he checked in to unload his truck.

The worker, who worked with the sanitation department for three years, was about to empty another truck load of trash when he somehow fell into the landfill. Another employee discovered his truck running and abandoned at about 3 p.m.

In the 10 years Richard Regaldo has worked at the landfill, he said he has never seen such an accident. However, he said he is aware of the dangers.

"I have to watch my back all the time," he said. "I work around these big machines all the time and I've learned to stay away from them."

Initially, officials hoped they would rescue the missing worker. However, those hopes began to dim when the search Monday was called off at 9:30 p.m. when visibility became too poor for crews to see even after additional lighting was brought to the landfill.

Through the entire search and recovery process, the worker's sister stayed at the site.

The landfill is located at 5100 Youngblood Road in southern Dallas. The worker was not identified.

The Dallas Morning News contributed to this report