SPRING HILL, Fla. - The discovery of a body found in a bin at the West Hernando Transfer Station on Thursday has taken a bizarre twist.
Sanitation workers found the body shortly before noon at the 2525 Osowaw Boulevard Spring Hill facility.
According to Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis, the body is that of Jeremy Witfoth.
Earlier in the day, two workers hired by the homeowner dumped the body thinking it was a manikin.
The two had found Witfoth hanging in a garage at 6527 Treehaven Drive in Spring Hill, a home Witfoth had been renting.
"They thought that this was a Halloween type prop or mannequin that was left hanging in the garage as a cruel hoax by the former tenants," Nienhuis said.
The sheriff said both the workers and the home owner gave the same story when questioned by detectives.
According to the sheriff, the homeowner just received a court order to enter the house yesterday after serving an eviction notice. The workers had been hired to clean the house.
Investigators now say all signs point to a suicide. A suicide note was found on an inside wall.
"It was obviously very unusual and very hard to believe, but everything definitely points to this individual taking their own life," said Nienhuis.
The sheriff said the two workers will not be charged with improper disposal of a body because they legitimately thought it was a mannequin.