An investigation is under way into the discovery of an infant's body at the Harold Rowley Recycling Center south of Storm Lake.
Buena Vista County Sheriff Chuck Eddy said Friday the body went through the recycling process.
The remains were found Thursday afternoon by an employee at the recycling center, which is southeast of Storm Lake. Eddy said trash from in and around Storm Lake is brought to the center where recyclables are separated from trash that's taken to the landfill.
When the remains were discovered, workers shut down the machines and called the sheriff's office at approximately 3 p.m., Eddy said.
The body has been taken to the state medical examiner's office in Des Moines for an autopsy, which was scheduled for Friday afternoon.
Eddy said he did know the infant's age, sex or the cause of death.
"We have to wait for the medical examiner's report," he said.
The sheriff also said he didn't know where the baby may have come from. The initial investigation indicates that the infant's body was discarded through the recycling process, according to the sheriff's office.
"There were many different trucks in from other towns around and out in the county. There's been trash sitting in there since last Friday. The public can bring stuff out there so it's unknown at this time," he said.
The Buena Vista County Sheriff's Office is being assisted in the investigation by the Storm Lake Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.
The investigation is continuing at this time.