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Body found behind cooler in Iowa supermarket was an employee who disappeared 10 years ago



DES MOINES, Iowa – A man whose dead body was found at a former Council Bluff supermarket in January has been identified as an employee who disappeared 10 years ago.

On Monday, the authorities said they had identified the man as Larry Ely Murillo-Moncada, from Council Bluffs, who was 25 years old in November 2009 when reportedly missing.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation identified him with DNA collected from Murillo-Moncada's biological parents. An autopsy showed no evidence of trauma to Murillo-Moncada, and the death has decided inadvertently.

The degrading body was originally discovered on the morning of January 24, when contractors removed the former No Frills Supermarket in Council Bluffs. The police said at the time that the body seemed to have been there for years.

  Larry Ely Murillo-Moncada was reported missing in 2009.
Larry Ely Murillo-Moncada was reported missing in 2009.

The grocery store has been closed for about three years, Sgt said. . Brandon Danielson with Council Bluffs Police Department.

Police say Murillo-Moncada's parents reported him missing November 28, 2009, when he was upset and ran out of their home. He was 25 years old at that time and was employed at No Frills Supermarket when he disappeared.

"It was a blizzard at that time," Danielson said. "He left no shoes, no socks, no keys, no car."

Danielson said Murillo-Moncada was not scheduled to work at the time he would have entered the supermarket, and the management said it was not uncommon for employees to come in and leave the store when they were not in their shifts.

Police said that former employees of No Frills Supermarket said it was common for workers to be in the space above the coolers used for storage. Investigators believe that Murillo-Moncada went into the store after leaving his home and climbed on top of the coolers, where he fell into a gap of about 18 inches between the back of the radiator and the wall and stuck.

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It's about a 12-foot fall, Danielson said. The freezer's soda could also have made it difficult to hear any cry for help, he said.

"It is so loud, there is probably no way anyone heard him," he said.

Entrepreneurs found Murillo-Moncada when they tore together the freezers, he said. Danielson, who worked with the missing case nearly a decade ago, said Murillo-Moncada was the first person to come into his mind when the body was found in the wall.

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This article originally appeared on the Des Moines Register: Body found behind cooler in Iowa supermarket lacked man 10 year


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