July 24, 2016

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Concertgoer may have fallen down trash chute

Cory Barron

Cory Barron

An investigation into a body found Tuesday at the Lorain County Landfill has yielded a possible explanation for Cory Barron’s death: The 22-year-old may have fallen through a garbage chute after a concert at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

A manager at the Lorain County Landfill called police Tuesday after workers found Barron’s body about noon. Barron’s body was brought into the landfill in a dump truck that had completed a route in Cleveland earlier Tuesday, according to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.

Cleveland police and the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation Tuesday and found that Barron may have fallen through a garbage chute at Progressive Field into a garbage bin at the stadium on Friday evening where he was attending the Jason Aldean concert, Cleveland police spokesman Ali Pillow said.

Investigators remained at Progressive Field on Wednesday and searched through surveillance videos for any more information on what happened to Barron.

Barron’s family reported him missing Saturday. They told police they went to a concert with Barron at Progressive Field the previous evening but that they hadn’t heard from him since 9:30 p.m. Friday.

Barron’s friend told the family that she saw him at the concert about 8 p.m. Friday and that he was intoxicated, according to the police report.

The Lorain County coroner is still working on the cause of death. Dr. Stephen Evans completed a preliminary autopsy on Wednesday but couldn’t release any more information on how Barron might have died.

Evans said more tests would be conducted over the next few days. Barron was found at the landfill with his identification and a ticket stub from the concert, according to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.

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