LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Louisville Metro Police responded to a report of a body in a dumpster in the 4200 block of Allmond Avenue Friday morning. Almost immediately, investigators ruled the case a homicide.
"There's some trauma to the body that would indicate it was a homicide and not a natural death," LMPD spokesperson Dwight Mitchell said.
The body was found in the dumpster behind the Greater Louisville Funeral Limousine Service. Police say an employee throwing out garbage discovered the body of the white man in his late 20s. Minutes later, investigators honed in a Chevy Impala parked at a nearby business.
"Obviously, there's a vehicle there. We're looking at that for potential evidence," Mitchell said.
Neighbors say the car arrived Thursday night.
"It's got the Indiana license plates. I noticed it pull in around 8 , 8:30 yesterday evening," Omer Sublett said.
Employees of nearby businesses discovered the keys were left in plain view.
"They were in the trunk," Roger Jones, who works at a glass company next to the parking lot where the car was found said. "That's what got me curious. I thought one of the guys across the street left the car there, left the keys in it."
Jones said he overheard a police officer say there was blood found inside the car. The location where the body was found is at the end of a desolate street behind a chain link fence.
"I see that guy open his gate every morning it's usually locked. So I don't know how he would have got inside a closed area like that," Tony Mitchell, who works at a transmission shop near the site where the body was found said.
On Friday afternoon, police talked to possible witnesses and gathered surveillance video from nearby cameras.
Those who live nearby say the neighborhood has been the site of troubling activity in recent years.
"If I wasn't buying my house, I would have moved a long time ago," Sublett said. "There's a lot of issues, a lot of drugs."
Police hauled off the dumpster with the body inside, along with the car, in hopes they will provide clues that will help them solve the case.