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The body found behind the radiator in the Iowa supermarket was an employee missing 10 years ago



DES MOINES, Iowa – A man whose body was found in a former supermarket in Council Bluffs in January was identified as an employee missing 10 years ago.

On Monday, the authorities claimed to have identified the man as Larry Ely Murillo-Moncada of Council Bluffs, who was 25 years old in November 2009 when he was reported missing.

The Iowa Criminal Police Department identified him using the DNA of Murillo-Moncada's birth parents. An autopsy showed no signs of trauma for Murillo-Moncada, and death was classified as accidental.

The decomposition site was originally discovered on the morning of January 24, when contractors removed the former no-frills convenience store in Council Bluffs. The police said the body had been there for years.

  Larry Ely Murillo-Moncada was reported missing in 2009.
Larry Ely Murillo-Moncada was reported missing for about three years in 2009, Sgt. Brandon Danielson of the Council Bluffs Police Department said.

Police report that Murillo-Moncada's parents reported him missing when he was upset on November 28, 2009, and ran from her home. He was 25 years old at the time and was working in the no-frills supermarket at the time of his disappearance.

"It was a blizzard at the time," Danielson said. "He went without shoes, without socks, without keys, without a car."

Danielson said Murillo-Moncada was not scheduled to work when he entered the supermarket, and management said it was not uncommon for employees to enter and leave the store when they are not in their shift.

According to the police, former employees of the No Frills supermarket were usually on the refrigerators used for storage. The investigators believe that Murillo-Moncada entered the store after leaving his home and climbing the refrigerators, where he fell into a gap between the back of the fridge and the wall and fell into a trap.

The Texas grandmother fell three years ago: Her daughter left her lying on the floor, police said.

That's a 12 foot fall, Danielson said. The sound of the freezer units could have made it difficult to hear any cries for help, he said.

"It's so loud that probably nobody heard it," he said.

Contractors found Murillo-Moncada when they tore apart the freezer units, he said. Danielson, who had handled the case of the missing person almost a decade ago, said Murillo-Moncada had come to mind when the body was found in the wall.

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This article originally appeared on Des Moines Register: Corpse behind cooler in Iowa Supermarket was found man 10 years missing


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