Search continues for body of murdered Carmel teen

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Jeremy Brilliant/Eyewitness News

Jackson County - The search continues Thursday for the body of a Carmel college student who was murdered in Louisville. Police are trying to find the body of Andrew Compton. They think they are searching in the right part of a Jackson County landfill.

The landfill in Medora, near Brownstown, has been the focus of the investigation since Tuesday.

More than 50 Louisville Police recruits, on the job only weeks, are getting a crash course in detective work; sifting through mounds of garbage, looking for human remains.

"We think about it. We all think about it. That's what we're here looking for. We know we're looking for a person and that doesn't bother us because we have a goal ahead and that's the only thing driving us right now," said Youssef Mattiche, Louisville Police recruit.

That goal is to bring Andrew Compton's remains back to his family. Police say the 18-year-old Carmel High School grad was murdered at the hands of 40-year-old Gregory O'Bryan, who reportedly told police he placed Andrew's body in a Louisville dumpster. That trash ends up at the Medora landfill.

While investigators have found no trace of Andrew's body, they have found some items, but nothing they're ready to call evidence.

"There are some things that have interested us as far as what we have found but I can't specifically say. That's why I'm not trying to defer from the question. I don't know exactly what we have at this point," said Lt. Barry Wilkerson, Louisville Metro Police.

They do think they're searching in the correct part of the landfill, based information from Rumpke Waste Services which operates the dump and keeps detailed records about where trash is placed.

"Based on other garbage that has been placed there that came from Louisville, it has the correct dates and times on the garbage placed there so we believe they're looking in the right area," said Sara Cullin, Rumpke Waste Services.

That includes the Jefferson County coroner herself, who is at the scene. That may give an indication of just how confident investigators are.