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Homeless man was body in cardboard bale

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 29/06/2016

A Te Awamutu man whose body was found in a bale of cardboard at a Hamilton factory was estranged from his partner and sleeping rough before his death.

The body of Daniel Bindner, 40, was discovered by a worker at the OJI Fibre Solutions cardboard processing plant on Tuesday.

Although a post-mortem was performed on Wednesday, the results were inconclusive and police still don't know how he died.

Further tests will be conducted in coming weeks.

Detective Inspector Hywel Jones told reporters on Thursday it was possible Mr Bindner had been picked up by a recycling truck in the Te Awamutu area and delivered to the Hamilton company.

His body was discovered when the bale was opened at the factory, but Det Insp Jones wouldn't comment on reports it had been dismembered.

The factory was co-operating fully and workers had been given counselling, he said.

Mr Bindner, who was unemployed, was recently estranged from his partner and three children, who were aged 16, seven and five.

His family were being supported by police and victim support.

"They seem to be holding up OK at this point," Det Insp Jones said.

Police were still piecing together Mr Bindner's movements before his death, and he appealed for anyone who saw him in his last days to come forward.

Mr Bindner was known to police and was reported missing on Monday, the day before his body was found.

He was last seen on June 21 at McDonald's in Te Awamutu, where he was recorded on CCTV at about 11pm.

OJI Fibre Solutions chief executive Dr Jon Ryder said in a statement that police had now released the site back to the business.

The company had taken "extremely rigorous" steps to make sure none of its products had been contaminated, he said.

The bale in which Mr Bindner's body was found would be removed from the site by police on Thursday.

He said the company was making sure its workers felt confident going back to work.

"It is a very distressing time for all of us and we are also very concerned to respect the deceased.

"Our sympathies are extended to his family and loved ones."

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