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Police ID dismembered body found among recycling in Cockeysville as Laurel resident

Baltimore County police say the man found dismembered at the Cockeysville recycling center was a 42-year-old Laurel resident.

The department wrote on Twitter that the man found Tuesday at the Baltimore County Acceptance Main Recycling Plant on Beaver Dam Road was John Ernest Stevens, 42, of Laurel.

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Officers were dispatched around 12:11 p.m. to the recycling plant and found Stevens dismembered and “among recycling,” department spokeswoman officer Jennifer Peach said. Homicide detectives arrived at the scene around 3 p.m., according to police.

The department said a cause of death is still being determined by a medical examiner.

Tattoos helped officers identify the body, Peach said.

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