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 — An autopsy has determined a 36-year-old man found dead Monday in a pile of refuse at the trash transfer station in town as a result of traumatic compression of the thorax or upper abdomen, according to law enforcement officials.

William Bradley's cause of death was traumatic asphyxia, but the manner of death is pending, Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald said in a joint statement  with state and local police.

The investigation is active and ongoing and it remains possible the death was accidental, MacDonald said.

Bradley's last known whereabouts are believed to be Manchester or Nashua.  Anyone with information or who may have seen him since last Friday is asked to contact State Trooper Stephen Sloper at (603) 223-4381.

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.