US: Body found in grain car supplying corn to Tyson Foods’ feed mill

By Jane Byrne

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Employees at a Tyson Foods feed mill in Arkansas, which has only been in operation since summer 2022, discovered a body during the unloading of a grain car.

Local deputies were called to the site, which is in Hempstead County, near Fulton, yesterday afternoon, and were told by mill workers that they had spotted a human arm in the unloading chute underneath the train car. 

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An investigation is underway into the incident; it is being carried out by the Hempstead County sheriff's office, the Hempstead County coroner, and the Arkansas state police criminal investigation division. © Hempstead country sheriff's office

According to a report​ from Hempstead County sheriff’s office, the deputies opened the top of the grain car and saw that a human body was wedged in the bottom of the empty car. They tried to retrieve it through the bottom of the car but were frustrated in their efforts and had to call in a wrecker service to do so. The body, believed to be an adult male, was subsequently sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for identification and manner and cause of death.

The case remains under investigation.

From Mexico to Missouri 

Railroad officials outlined how the 100-car train dropped off beans in Mexico and then proceeded empty to Missouri; on October 14, it was loaded with corn. It was then sent to Hope, where Kiamichi railroad transported the train to the Tyson feed mill for unloading. 

Mega mill

Tyson Foods opened the US$75m poultry feed manufacturing facility in Fulton in July 2022. The mega-mill is now one of the company’s largest feed operations, with it designed to produce about 13,000 tons of finished feed in a week and load 115 rail cars in 11 hours.

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