FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM ) — Police are investigating after the body of a man was found at a Fayetteville solid waste and recycling center Monday (Feb. 10) morning.
According to Sgt. Anthony Murphy with the Fayetteville Police Department, the man has been identified as 38-year-old Michael Wedel of Lowell.
According to police, the body was found at the City of Fayetteville Recycling Drop Off on South Happy Hollow Road.
Police say the body was uncovered as a solid waste truck was being unloaded.
Detectives responded to the scene, and the investigation is ongoing at this time.
Wedel's friends say they are having a tough time understanding how this happened since they just saw him a few days ago.
"He's gone, what do you mean he's gone? We are never going to talk to him again," said friend Angela Arnett.
Arnett says she's known Wedel for more than a decade and can't think of a reason why this happened to her friend.
"Literally I talked to him on Super Bowl Sunday and that was the last contact we had, I have no idea,” Arnett said.
Police are investigating the cause of the death still and say they are considering all options, including foul play.
"Looks like the recycle employee went through their route and when they go through half of their route and the truck is full they go back to the recycling station and dump the truck so that's what occurred today. He was halfway done with the route and he went back to the station and that's when the body was discovered," Murphy said.
Arnett says they hope to have answers soon because their friend deserves it.
"I never have had anything bad to say about him," Arnett said. "For the 10 years, I've known him he's always been a true, loyal friend to me and my husband and always loved spending time with me and my kid."
Wedel's father tells 5NEWS that his son had a huge heart and loved people. He said they were a tight-knit family.
Stay with 5NEWS for updates on this developing story.