PATERSON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A gruesome discovery in Paterson where police say a headless body was found by a NJ TRANSIT employee on the pavement at a bus terminal
Police got the call around 2:30 a.m. Thursday at the Broadway Bus Terminal.
After retrieving surveillance video, they determined that the man was on the ground when one of the buses made contact with his body, CBS2’s Janelle Burrell reported.
What they haven’t said is if the bus actually ran over the body or if he was still alive or if he was already decapitated, Burrell reported.
“Whoa,” Paterson resident Julius Thiessen said. “Scares ya!”
In order to enter the terminal, all of the buses come in one way and have to make a right hand turn into the lot. That’s where officials say the man’s body was already down on the ground.
Like many, Efraim Ponce is familiar with the industrial area of Paterson and suspects that the man who was found was homeless.
“It’s prevalent in this area in downtown Paterson and it’s been going on for a long time,” he said. “There are people sleeping under bridges on church properties on sidewalks — a homeless person will lay where they can so they’re putting themselves in danger.”
Investigators say they’ll now will be scouring the surveillance video from the bus station as they try to trace the man’s final steps and determine how he ended up in the lot and how he died.
The man’s name has not been released.