Baltimore County police responded to a call for a possible cardiac arrest outside the Eastpoint Mall at 8:46 in the morning, but nothing could have prepared them for the body they found behind a pair of large dumpsters.
Amy Adams is an assistant manager at the nearby Kool Smile Dental.
"Apparently there's a dead body behind there,” said Adams, “We were just trying to figure out what it was, because we saw all these bags here. We didn't know if it was something small in those smaller bags."
Through the back door of a neighboring business, Adams says she saw the body of a man, ;ater identified as 51-year-old Ronald Rek Kilmon, covered in trash from his neck to his ankles.
"It looked like he may have been taking shelter next to the dumpster," said Officer Jennifer Peach with the Baltimore County Police Department who confirms the man was found lying next to one of the dumpsters, "There was trauma to the upper portion of the person's body, but that body has been sent to the Medical Examiner's Office for them to determine cause and manner of death. We are, however, investigating it right now as an accidental death."
In the absence of any weapons or blunt objects at the scene, that appears to point to the dumpster as the possible source of those injuries.
"To me, it was like, 'Maybe it's a homeless person.' We weren't sure," said Adams.
It is a bizarre, and unsettling prospect that a man seeking a safe place to rest may have unknowingly paid the ultimate price for it concealed behind a dumpster at a shopping mall.
"It's just very nerve-wracking,” added Adams, “My stomach is all upset. It's very scary."
Again, police believe this was an accident, and no foul play is suspected.