Police on Monday said that the human remains found behind a cooler at a supermarket in Iowa earlier this year was that of an employee who went missing since 2009.
25-year-old Larry Ely Murillo-Moncada, worked at the No Frills Supermarket in Council Bluffs when he vanished on November. 28, 2009, the Des Moines Register reported.
Earlier that day, Murillo-Moncada’s parents said he got upset and ran out of the family home in a snowstorm following an argument, prompting them to report him missing to the police when he failed to return home
“It was a snowstorm at the time,” Sergeant Brandon Danielson with the Council Bluffs Police Department told the paper. “He left with no shoes, no socks, no keys, no car.”
Authorities now believe Murillo-Moncada went to the supermarket after leaving home that day, then climbed on top of the coolers and fell into an 18-inch gap between the coolers and the wall, becoming trapped.
His remains were discovered by contractors on January 24 who had gone into the supermarket, which shut down three years ago, to remove the fittings and tear apart the freezer unit.
They discovered the body in an 18-inch gap between the cooler and the wall.
Former employees said the place where the coolers were installed were used for storage and that it was common for workers to be there.
The noise of the freezer units could have made it difficult for anyone to hear his cries for help. “It’s so loud, there’s probably no way anyone heard him,” Sgt. Danielson said.
Some former shoppers have since posted on Facebook that they always smelled something horrible when they were inside the store, Dailymail reported.
Police compared the remains to DNA from Murillo-Moncada’s parents.
Autopsy showed no signs of trauma to Murillo-Moncada, and so the death was ruled accidental.
Iowa police said they have now closed the case.