Foul play not suspected in body fund behind Salem dumpster

Ethan Forman/Staff photoSalem police cruisers were blocking off the dumpster area at the Dunkin' Donuts at 152 Washington St. on Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. after the body of a man had been discovered there earlier in the afternoon.

SALEM — No foul play is suspected after the body of a man believed to be homeless was discovered behind a dumpster at a downtown Dunkin' Donuts Saturday afternoon, according to the Essex District Attorney's office.

Police could be seen removing a body from behind the dumpster at the Dunkin' Donuts at 152 Washington St. on Saturday afternoon just before 4 p.m.

Essex District Attorney spokeswoman Carrie Kimball did not have an identification of the victim.

"The manager of the Dunkin' Donuts discovered the body and notified the police," Kimball said. The man was discovered at 1:20 p.m.

The Dunkin' Donuts is located at the corner of Norman and Washington streets, across the street from the Salem Post Office.

Two Salem cruisers were parked almost parallel in front of the restaurant and immediately adjacent to the fenced-in dumpster area, which abuts the right front side of the property, for much of the afternoon and cleared the scene just after 4 p.m. 

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at or on Twitter at @TannerSalemNews. 

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