Auburn transfer station

A worker closes the gate to Waste Management’s Auburn transfer station behind an arriving State Police cruiser Monday. A body had been discovered earlier in the morning.

Auburn Transfer Station

The State Police Major Crime Unit arrives at the Auburn Transfer Station on Monday.

AUBURN — The man found dead at the Auburn Waste Management Transfer Station on Monday morning died as a result of “probable traumatic asphyxia,” announced state and local officials in a joint statement from the office of Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald.

Following an autopsy conducted on Tuesday conducted by Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Jennie Duval, state officials have identified the man as 35-year-old William Bradley, of no known address, whose last whereabouts are believed to have been in either Manchester or Nashua.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley stated that officials are working to establish the time frame and whereabouts of Bradley’s final activities, but noted that “at this point in the investigation, (May 10 is) what we have for a last time that we know of him.”

Despite coming to a conclusion on the cause of death, officials say the manner of Bradley’s death remains under investigation and that they have left open the possibility that his passing was accidental.

The investigation began about 9 a.m Monday when workers at the facility discovered Bradley’s body in a pile of trash that had been delivered to the facility, officials say.

Hinckley declined to describe the condition of Bradley’s remains, but confirmed the body was wholly intact and not dismembered.

Auburn transfer station

A state police cruiser arrives at the Auburn Transfer Station early in the investigation after a man’s body was found at the facility on Monday.

Hinckley went on to say that investigators are still working to determine how Bradley’s remains arrived at the facility in the first place. He said he understands the Auburn Transfer Station is “primarily a commercial facility.”

Over the next two days the facility remained closed while state and local law enforcement, and officials with the state’s Major Crime Unit and Attorney General’s office, proceeded with the investigation.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on Bradley — including sightings of him after May 10 — to contact Trooper Stephen Sloper of the New Hampshire State Police at 223-4381 or

Body found at waste transfer station in Auburn