BRISTOL, TN/VA (WJHL) – A report of screams and unattended items near a dumpster in Bristol, Tennessee prompted an hours-long search for a man Wednesday morning.
Those screams reportedly came from the parking lot of the thrift shop of the Salvation Army on West State Street in Bristol.
News Channel 11’s Justin Soto found out the search for this man then crossed state lines.
Police then went to Bristol, Virginia’s landfill because that’s where that dumpster trash was dropped off.
After a 2-hour search for a man known to frequent the thrift store dumpster – police said they didn’t find anything or anyone.
Tim Parker, an employee at the Bristol Salvation Army, said he and others noticed the lid was torn and that’s never happened before.
“We noticed a bicycle sitting here. The bicycle had a book bag in it. Had a real expensive flashlight, had a lot of things that were visible,” Parker said.
Parker and police say a witness reported screams.
“He heard someone yelling so he’s assuming because of this, this has never happened before, he could have very well been hanging on,” Parker said.
Bristol, Tennessee police tracked down the dumpster’s drop off location to Bristol, Virginia’s landfill.
“The staff at the landfill were using their own machinery to skim layers off of the trash. The fire department came up and they had thermal imaging cameras. We’re very confident that as a result of the search the subject is not here at the landfill,” Bristol, Virginia Police Department Captain Maynard Ratcliff said.
There are still more unanswered questions than answers.
“There’s a lot of assumptions about the owner of the belongings found at the dumpster. Its contents were examined of course but there’s no indication of a person’s ID,” Major Art Fultz, Corps Officer of the Bristol Salvation Army said.
Salvation Army employees are hoping for the best possible outcome.
“He’s got family I’m sure and I mean, and that’s a concern to us here at the Salvation Army, we want to make sure that everything’s been done that can be done,” Parker said.
Bristol, Tennessee police tell us they do not yet know this man’s identity, and he’s not considered a missing person at this point.
Police said that as of right now – they’re not searching. They’re hoping for more information to come in.