His office is engaging a forensic anthropologist to help with the investigation, but Cleavenger said it’s still a missing person’s case.
“Will apply evidence and info gleaned in attempt to discover the truth,” Cleavenger said in an email. His staffers were at the plant Tuesday, he said.
A spokesman for the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office could not be reached for comment.
Family members said Gordon was an avid gamer and loved to ride four-wheelers. He had worked for the company for about a year.
The company owner could not be reached for comment.
The privately-owned company located on 27 acres is just off Interstate 85 between Greenville and Spartanburg. It was founded in 1987 and recycles plastics that are reused in various manufacturing plants. It reprocesses polyester and polypropylene waste materials such as non-woven, film and fiber.
Records from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration show one safety complaint against the company in 2017 involving refuse systems. A $500 fine was levied.