Body of man missing for 10 years found behind fridge at supermarket where he worked
A supermarket employee who went missing ten years ago was found behind one of the coolers in a former No Frills Supermarket located in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The body was found when workers were removing the shelves and coolers from the store, and they stumbled upon something they did not expect. This all happened back in January, but the remains of body were finally identified this week.
Council Bluffs Police Captian Todd Weddum confirmed that the clothes on the body matched the description of him when he went missing.
The body was identified as Larry Ely Murillo-Moncada who was actually an employee at the supermarket they found him in. He was reported back in November of 2009 when he was reported missing by his parents.
CNN reported that "investigators used his parents' DNA to confirm the identity, and the clothes matched the description of his attire at the time he was reported missing, according to Council Bluffs Police Capt. Todd Weddum.
Murillo-Moncada's parents reported their son missing after he became upset and ran out of their home. They told police at the time that he was acting irrationally, possibly because of medication he was taking, Weddum said."
People looking for him had originally contacted his family, law enforcement, detention centers, and even ICE since he was previously deported back to Honduras, but came back to the United States. The problem was that no one had any information on him.
So what happened to him? How did he end up behind the fridge?
Well, the investigators are now thinking that when Murillo-Moncada was at the super market, he climbed on top of the fridge/coolers to take a break. Some previous employees stated that this was a spot where workers could go to take a break when it wasn't their official break time.
What happened next is that he likely fell behind the coolers by accident and since the machines are loud, no one heard him call for help.
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"He is thought to have fallen into the 18-inch gap between the back of the cooler and a wall, where he became trapped. Noise from the coolers' compressors may have concealed any attempts to call for help, according to Weddum."
The missing man's death has been deemed an accident and an autopsy revealed no foul play.