A US man missing for 10 years was found dead at the grocery store where he used to work

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The No Frills Supermarket in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

  • The body of a US man missing for 10 years has been found lodged behind a freezer unit at the grocery store where he used to work.
  • On November 28, 2009, Larry Murillo-Moncada, 25, became delusional and fled barefoot from his parents' home.
  • Nearly 10 years later, on January 24, contractors gutting the No Frills Supermarket found a decomposing body behind a huge freezer unit.
  • The police think Murillo-Moncada climbed onto the freezer roof and fell behind it. Officers say loud fans mean it was unlikely that anybody could have heard him had he shouted for help.
  • Murillo-Moncada was employed at No Frills at the time of his disappearance but was not working on the day he disappeared.
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The body of a man who went missing in Iowa in the United States a decade ago was found lodged behind a 3.6 metre freezer in the grocery store where he used to work.

Larry Murillo-Moncada, 25, was reported missing on November 28, 2009, after he became delusional and ran away barefoot from his parents' home, The Daily Nonpareil local newspaper reported at the time.

Nearly 10 years later, on January 24, contractors replacing a huge freezer unit at the No Frills Supermarket where Murillo-Moncada used to work found a body behind it, ABC 7 News reported.

The No Frills Supermarket shut down in 2016 and was undergoing remodeling when contractors found the body.

On Monday, the Council Bluffs Police Department said an autopsy identified the body as Murillo-Moncada's.

The supermarket, close to Murillo-Moncada's home, shut down in 2016, Sgt. Brandon Danielson from the Council Bluffs police told the Des Moines Register on Monday.

Murillo-Moncada had been employed there at the time of his disappearance but was not working on that day.

Danielson said Murillo-Moncada ran away during a snowstorm and left with "no shoes, no socks, no keys, no car."

According to staff who spoke with the police, the noise of the freezer could be deafening, meaning any cries for help may have been muffled.

"It's so loud, there's probably no way anyone heard him," Danielson said.

Capt. Todd Weddum told CNN that the police used DNA from Murillo-Moncada's parents to identify him and that his clothing was the same as that noted on the 2009 missing-person report.

Weddum said that the gap between the freezer and the ceiling was used to store boxes but that employees would take unofficial breaks up there in secret.

The police have closed the case and classified the incident an accidental death.

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