The mysterious disappearance of a man missing for three months was solved this week after parts of his skin and bone were found in his workplace.

20-year-old Duncan Alexander Burrell Gordon was last seen early on May 5 as he worked the night shift at Industrial Recycling & Recovery plant in Greer.

And now, the Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office is closing its investigation after Gordon’s remains were found inside the shredding machine.

Tissue had been found on a conveyor belt by the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office and tested before the coroner was called. It matched the DNA of Gordon’s parents.

The machine in question had been checked three times before the coroner’s investigators arrived at the plant on June 14, Clevenger said.

It had been checked by Gordon’s father, Mike Gordon, who is a supervisor at the plant, a uniformed patrol supervisor with the Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff’s investigators, and a cadaver K-9 and then again when the material was found under the conveyor belt.

According to, another inspection turned up two ounces of human skin, bone, and fat, the coroner’s office said. Gordon was working atop the machine when he vanished. The room includes several machines and it is noisy.

Here’s what Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger said in a statement:

“I can confirm the material is consistent with human fat, microscopically minute particles of skin, and small pieces of bone.” 

A forensic anthropologist and a forensic pathologist hired by the coroner’s office examined the material and subsequently looked at the shredding machine. The machine has been shut down and turned back on multiple times and 60,000 pounds of plastic material has been processed since Gordon went missing.

OSHA is investigating whether there were any safety violations. An OSHA spokesperson said Wednesday such a review normally takes eight weeks.

Clevenger said he can’t issue a death certificate because there is nobody, but state law provides another remedy for families to establish death.

The remains of 20-year-old Duncan Alexander Burrell Gordon were found inside a recycling plant

Sources: DailyWire, WSPA,,

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