The Wilkesboro Police Department is investigating the death of a man whose body was found in a large dumpster behind his residence Thursday, said Police Chief Craig Garris Friday afternoon.

Garris said the deceased man was identified as Anthony Garrett Absher, 31, of 409 South Cherry Street, Wilkesboro.

Wilkesboro officers went to the residence at 409 South Cherry Street Thursday after a man reported finding a deceased adult male in what Garris described as a construction dumpster behind the brick home at that address. Garris said the man found the body while checking for the source of a foul odor.

“We began our investigation and requested the assistance of the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation throughout the evening,” said Garris. The body was sent off for an autopsy and was positively identified Friday.

“We are investigating the circumstances leading to his death. In the meantime, we are asking for public assistance with information,” he said.

Garris said anyone who can provide this information is asked to call the police department at 336-667-7277, preferably Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. and midnight, and speak with Capt. Jason Delbert.

He said people with relevant information may also call Wilkes Crime Stoppers at 336-667-8900 anytime and remain anonymous. He said this assistance with the case would be greatly appreciated.

“Our condolences to the family of Mr. Absher,” said Garris.

The chief said he didn’t wish to say any more about the case at this point.

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