Body found at recycling center in eastern Travis County, sheriff’s office says

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Editor’s Note: Since this story was originally published March 11, 2020, KXAN received information from the Travis County clerk that the murder and tampering with evidence case against the woman in Clarence Gardner Junior’s death was dismissed.

TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Workers at a recycling plant in eastern Travis County found a body early Wednesday morning on a conveyor belt.

The Travis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating how the man, identified as Collen LeBlanc, 31, ultimately ended up at the recycling center. TCSO says evidence collected at this point doesn’t show signs of foul play.

The sheriff’s office got the 911 call around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to senior public information officer Kristen Dark. LeBlanc’s body was found at the Balcones Resources recycling center at 9301 Johnny Morris Road.

A man’s body was found on a conveyor belt at the Balcones Resources recycling center Wednesday morning. (KXAN photo/Todd Bailey)

Dark said since the body was found on the conveyor belt, it likely means he was brought there on a truck and did not die at the facility.

Dark says they’ll turn the body over to the medical examiner for an autopsy.

“We’re at the very, very early phases of this investigation,” Dark said. “We don’t know anything about the man at this time. There’s a whole litany of steps we need to take in order to trace the path of this.”

The location is near the intersection of Johnny Morris and Old Manor roads. It’s also close to Highway 290.

IN-DEPTH: Not the first body found at recycling center

Dark said this is perhaps the third body she can remember that was found at the recycling center.

In April 2015, a woman was charged with killing Clarence Gardner Junior after an argument. His body was found at the recycling center also on a conveyor belt. The woman was arrested two days later and charged with murder, but the case was later dismissed. In 2017, a man named Mark Kenady pleaded guilty to murder in the case.

And in January 2014, the body of Shaybren Harris, 26, was found at the recycling center. The mother of four had been killed and authorities said the person who killed her may have known her. But they never made an arrest.

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