After two months of investigation, Springfield Police Department detectives have found no significant leads regarding how the body of a 63-year-old Cloverdale man found its way into a Springfield sanitary service waste stream before being transported to the Dahl Disposal site in Toledo.
The body of Royal Pierre Borsh was found at around 9 a.m. on July 30 by Dahl Disposal employees who were sorting through out-of-county refuse meant for recycling through the Juno program at Georgia-Pacific.
According to an Aug. 2 press release from the Toledo Police Department, Lincoln County investigators at the time were able to determine that the waste Borsh was found in was sourced from the Eugene area and had been transported via trailer to Toledo at approximately 8 a.m. that morning.
The investigation was later transferred to Lane County law enforcement, which eventually tracked the refuse to a Springfield sanitary service and handed the case off the SPD officers. From there, the trail grows cold, however, with SPD detectives unable to turn up further details regarding where and how the body ended up in the waste stream.
According to SPD Detective Kyle Potter, unless someone chooses to come forward with more information, its unlikely SPD’s investigation will develop any further.
“We really just don’t have any answers,” Potter said. “We don’t even have an idea of which trash can he could have been in, just that it was somewhere in a certain part of Springfield. He could have climbed into it or been put into it. That’s really all we know.”
Potter said he and other SPD investigators reviewed camera footage from local disposal service trucks and facilities and did manage to narrow down the origin of the body to a handful of local trash cans, but could track in no further.
Borsh was originally identified through finger print analysis by Lincoln County investigators, and his body had no apparent injuries at the time of his discovery. An autopsy conducted on Borsh’s body on July 31 revealed no significant information about the circumstances of his death, with investigators unable to confirm whether it had been an accident or if foul play may have been involved.