In November 2009, Larry Ely Murillo-Moncada, a former No Frills employee, went missing. The parents reported that their son became upset and ran out of their home. According to them, he was acting irrationally due to the medicines he was taking. Since then, Murillo-Moncada was never seen again.
Ten years later, workers were removing shelves and fridges from a former supermarket in the US state of Iowa when they found a body of a man wedged behind a refrigerator. Little did they know that the dead body was Murillo-Moncada who has been missing for a decade now. Along with the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office and Council Bluffs Police Department, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation confirmed that the body was indeed Murillo-Moncada.
|The No Frills Supermarket in Iowa / Photo by: Yahoo News|
Yahoo!, an American web services provider, reported that the clothes of the dead body matched what he was said to be wearing at the time of his disappearance. The decomposing body underwent an autopsy immediately which showed no signs of trauma to Murillo-Moncada. The death has been ruled accidental. The grocery store where the body was found had been closed for about three years at the time of the discovery.
The investigators have been able to piece together what happened to Murillo-Moncada 10 years ago, considering all the details they have gathered. According to Sgt. Brandon Danielson, the man went to the supermarket after leaving his home. He then climbed on the top of the coolers and accidentally into an 18-inch gap between the cooler and the wall. He was trapped in that place for years.
|A dead body / Photo by: Katarzyna Białasiewicz via 123RF|
The authorities confirmed that this is possible since the former employees told them that it was common for workers to be in the storage space on top of the coolers. “That’s about a 12-foot fall. The noise of the freezer units also could have made it difficult to hear any cries for help. It’s so loud, there’s probably no way anyone heard him," Sgt. Danielson said.
Supermarket refrigerator / Photo by: Wolfmann via Wikimedia Commons