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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41) -- The search for Andrew Compton's body in a Southern Indiana landfill has officially ended. Officials with Rumpke Landfill say detectives left the landfill around 5 p.m. Friday without finding Compton's body.
Nine days of searching for the Sullivan University student has turned up no evidence. Compton disappeared on October 28th from his dorm. Police questioned and later arrested 40-year-old Gregory O'Bryan, who he met online.
Authorities say O'Bryan initially lied to them, but later confessed to having sex with the 18-year-old at his Highlands apartment. He told detectives Compton died while having sex.
O'Bryan says he put Compton's body in a TV box and then threw it in a dumpster. Police believe Compton's body was transferred to a landfill in Medora, Indiana.
Detectives, police recruits, and cadaver dogs spent nine days searching through 5,000 tons of trash, often using excavators and rakes. But were unable to find Compton's body.
His parents have been in Louisville for the last couple of weeks. We contacted John Compton but he did not want to comment. He told FOX 41 earlier this week he was hoping to bring Andrew's body back home to Carmel, Indiana.
"We are holding up about like you would expect, hoping everyday that we'll get that phone call that he has been found," said John Compton, Andrew's father.
Prosecutors are still pushing for the death penalty for O'Bryan. A Jefferson County grand jury indicted him yesterday on charges of murder, sodomy, abuse of corpse and tampering with evidence. O'Bryan has plead not guilty to the charges
Even without a body, prosecutors say they have enough to convict O'Bryan.
Police say they continue to follow leads in what they call an active investigation.