Body Discovered at Washington D.C., Sewage Pumping Station

May 16, 2018

The body was discovered at approximately 5:30 a.m. on May 15, 2018

A man’s body was discovered on May 15, 2018, at a sewage pumping station in Washington, D.C. The body was discovered by a station worker at approximately 5:30 a.m. while checking a sewer trap.

According to the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water), the body was discovered in sewage water, not drinking water.

“We have been screening materials that take out things that aren’t supposed to be in the sewer line,” said Vince Morris of DC Water. “For instance, disposable wipes, people who use their wipes to clean babies or wipe-off makeup and they put them in the toilet and so we take an enormous quantity of disposable wipes and other trash from the sewer stream before it gets to Blue Plains, it’s easier to treat that way.”

Officials believe the body made its way to the sewer trap as a result of being washed in by heavy rainfall in the Washington D.C. area the night prior its discovery.

The man remains unidentified, but is believed to be in his 40s or 50s.