October 22, 2014

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UPDATED: Body found in landfill is missing 22-year-old

Vehicles parked in the back area at the Lorain County Landfill where a body of a male was located Tuesday afternoon. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Vehicles parked in the back area at the Lorain County Landfill where a body of a male was located Tuesday afternoon. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

NEW RUSSIA TWP. — The search for a concertgoer from Fremont who went missing from Progressive Field on Friday ended when his body was discovered Tuesday afternoon at the Lorain County landfill.

Cory Barron

Cory Barron

Cory Barron, 22, was found dead about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon in a dump truck that had completed a route in Cleveland earlier that day, said Lorain County sheriff’s Capt. Jim Drozdowski.

After the trash was dumped and scraped away, a worker saw Barron’s body and called police.

Barron’s family reported him missing early Saturday afternoon.

Deputies from the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office, detectives from the Cleveland Police Department and the Lorain County coroner arrived at the landfill about 1 p.m. Tuesday and found Barron, still with his identification and a ticket stub from the concert, Drozdowski said.

He had no obvious signs of injury, though detectives did not examine Barron’s entire body, Cleveland Police spokeswoman Ali Pillow said.

After the body was found, Cleveland police started investigating around Progressive Field in Cleveland. They had searched the area for the past few days since Barron was reported missing, Pillow said.

Lorain County Coroner Dr. Stephen Evans is scheduled to perform an autopsy this morning, Drozdowski said.

The Cleveland Indians released a statement Tuesday afternoon saying that the team was saddened by Barron’s death and are cooperating with authorities in the investigation.

Country singer Jason Aldean, whose concert Barron had been attending Friday evening, published a message on Twitter on Tuesday evening, offering sympathy to Barron’s friends and family.


Just hours after receiving the news, nearly 100 people came together in Fremont Ross High School’s parking lot to support one another and mourn as a community.

The crowd was a sea of purple and white, Fremont Ross High School’s colors. Current students, recent alumni, parents and Fremont residents embraced, shed tears and shared memories.

Friends of Cory Barron and the Barron family embrace after a vigil at Fremont Ross High School on Tuesday.  LUKE WARK / SANDUSKY REGISTER

Friends of Cory Barron and the Barron family embrace after a vigil at Fremont Ross High School on Tuesday. LUKE WARK / SANDUSKY REGISTER

The group joined hands and formed a circle as Jim Gippert, pastor of New Hope Vineyard Church, led a prayer.

Steve Hampshire, a retired Fremont Ross teacher, and Mike Dukeshire, a Fremont Ross parent, also spoke a few words in Barron’s honor.

Dukeshire reminisced about Barron’s jokes, time in school, and talents on the football field. He was a lineman, noted one of Barron’s classmates before stepping aside to compose himself.

“Cory would’ve made a difference in our community, our state, our country,” Dukeshire said. “He was going to be a difference-maker. Whatever he chose to do, he was going to do it well.”

“If the shoe were on the other foot, Cory would be standing right here, with all of us,” Dukeshire said.

Gippert described the community’s sense of shock, bewilderment and despair after learning of Barron’s death.

“This is a time we need to pull together as a community, as friends, as Fremont,” Gippert said.

Hampshire, meanwhile, told the group he’s known Barron’s family for three decades — he later described them as an “All-American family.”

“They’re good people. (This) came out of nowhere,” Hampshire said.

The community’s shock was apparent during Tuesday night’s vigil.

The crowd was quiet and distraught throughout the ceremony — most simply held tight onto one another’s hands, or nodded along while others spoke of the good man Barron was.
Hampshire echoed that sentiment.

“I’m sure he’s up there right now, looking down and smiling,” Hampshire said.

One woman said those who knew Barron wouldn’t be able to say a negative thing about him.

“Not most (of the people who knew him). All,” she said.

Before departing, Dukeshire, Fremont Schools school board member Scott Miller and a handful of others began to coordinate a candlelight vigil, tentatively scheduled for Thursday night at Fremont Ross High School.

Though Barron’s family wasn’t able to attend Tuesday’s ceremony, a few crowd members said they’d reach out and let them know of Thursday’s plans.

Sandusky Register reporter Courtney Astolfi contributed to this article.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.


  • Jennifer Williams

    Prayers that it is not Cory Barron and prayers to the family of the deceased.

  • Joe Smith

    RIP

  • Gail Kepler Madding

    It was him. Just announced on Fox 8.So sad. RIP Cory.

  • Sis Delish

    He must have fallen into a Trash Bin at Progressive Field? Wide open for puns.

    • Jeff

      Really ? Are you THAT ignorant ??? STFU moron !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Sis Delish

        Okay, how did he get into the Trash, then?

        • HankKwah

          He was going to another section in the ballpark to meet some other friends. Maybe he was jumped? Kinda difficult to fall into a dumpster considering there are none underneath walkways or alongside the stairways.

          • Sis Delish

            Check out WKYC.com and you might be contradicted in your beliefs.

          • HankKwah

            He fell down a chute, into a dumpster.

            Big difference.

          • Sis Delish

            Yep, but in the end, it was a dumpster.

          • HankKwah

            Congrats. You must be proud.

        • Jeff

          Wide open for puns ?? Insensitive don’t ya think ??? What if it was your family??…Oh wait, You don’t have any. They all ran away from you !!

          • Ok Thanks Nine Eleven

            It’s only ‘insensitive’ to a small minded person who can’t possibly fathom the inevitability that all life must come to an end at one point and time.

      • Sis Delish
    • luvmytoaster

      Wow, what an incredibly rude and insensitive comment. Can you even allow yourself to have sympathy for this young man’s family and friends? You are so sad.

      • Sis Delish

        Facts are sometimes not to your Liking?

        Tough to have sympathy for his friends if they allowed him to get that trashed at the event. If it is revealed there were no other causes of death, then my comments are spot-on.

        As for his family, there has been no comments which are “incredibly rude or insensitive”. Actually, the comments from other posters were, including yours, especially as my comment about the likelihood he actually DID fall into the Trash became an investigative reality. Too many go down the emotional track these days, and are faux-offended with reality.

        Will you be so late to the game to say that all Reporters reporting he fell into a Trash Bin are insensitive? I certainly hope so.

        • luvmytoaster

          Even if he fell into the trash accidentally I still have sympathy for his family and friends. Whether it was an accident or someone intentionally placed him there do you not think his family/friends will not be remorseful that someone didn’t accompany him to wherever he was going?

        • Jennifer Williams

          That is messed up you have some really negative comments for all stories. His family is in pain and the size of the trash chute is small. And funny thing his phone died at the concert but they got a ping on it in TREMONT Sunday afternoon. Check out 19 action news for that bit of info. Now say that he fell! Your heartless, uncaring, and apparently have no respect for the family of this young man.

        • brenda

          Because that’s what they are being told. I don’t buy that either. Fell into a trash bin!! Knock it the hell off!

        • Dawn W

          You are sick, uncaring, unsympathetic and sad. The fact that you have to get your jollies by being so rude and calloused toward so many who are grieving shows your true character. What goes around comes around. If you think hiding behind an alias means you can say and do whatever you want, you are wrong. Palm 1:1-4 – 1 Blessed is the one
              who does not walk in step with the wicked
          or stand in the way that sinners take
              or sit in the company of mockers,
          2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
              and who meditates on his law day and night.
          3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
              which yields its fruit in season
          and whose leaf does not wither—
              whatever they do prospers.

          4 Not so the wicked!
              They are like chaff
              that the wind blows away.
          5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
              nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

          6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
              but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

          • Sis Delish

            Please explain what comment made about this story fits your condemning post. Thank you.

    • michelle

      You just can’t help yourself, can you?

  • Dave Ceol

    sad. hope they find out what happened and bring those responsible to justice quick.

  • Memoree

    Prayers for this young man’s family and loved ones.

  • stargazer2012

    I wonder what lead law enforcement to the Lorain County Landfill?

    • B4CE

      Perhaps the appearance of A dead body?

    • Steven

      the article says the trash truck operator saw the body and called police. Maybe that was not there when you posted this?

    • brenda

      Exactly! A ping off a dead phone……stop it! Just stop it with the lies and tell us that you don’t know what happened!

  • Tim Brookes

    Wow, did not take long to get the morbid and disrespectful people to come on here.
    Someone has passed and it appears to be foul play, you make jokes…
    Keeping it really classy…

    On a real note, not some made up name…RIP Cory

    • Jeff

      Not tough figuring out who you are talking about…….Huh Sis ???

    • Sis Delish

      Appears from reports on WKYC that the trash bin theory is gathering traction…

      • Tim Brookes

        Wow, does that validate the “Wide open for puns.” statement? Or was it You all can line up take your pick…
        Once again, RIP Cory

        • Sis Delish

          Yes to both. It’s reported he was extremely intoxicated, a.k.a. “Trashed”.

          Obviously you’ve never described any of your college buds that way.

        • Cody Hearn

          omg someone said something omg. lets get angry and omg omg

          • Tim Brookes

            Was responding to a statement to me, settle down.

          • Cody Hearn

            no this is rediculous. i reported you Tim Brookes! This is unacceptable!! he is dead for chirst sake!

          • Tim Brookes

            Not sure what you are riled up about, but I am sorry if you had an issue with me discussing the comment that was made to me.

          • Joe Smith

            Where did Tim post anything to report him over? Are you sure your anger should not be aimed at someone else?

        • Jennifer Williams

          Tim do not listen to Sis Delish the guy has no care for anyone but ticking people off.

        • Sis Delish

          “Jason Biggs stirs controversy over Malaysian Airlines tweet
          Tim Brookes • 4 days ago
          Stuff is funny, we are all a bit crude and chuckled at this.”

      • Liz

        The troll who has been bashing this poor man she didn’t know is SisDelish who is Donna from Donna’s Diner. People should know who she is so they can decide for themselves whether to patronize her nasty diner and promote this kind of ridiculous behavior.

    • Sis Delish

      Tough words from a Jason Biggs Fan.

      Hey Tim, got any Malaysian Airlines Twitter Chuckles?

      “Jason Biggs stirs controversy over Malaysian Airlines tweet
      Tim Brookes • 4 days ago
      Stuff is funny, we are all a bit crude and chuckled at this.”

      • Tim Brookes

        Wow, you replied, wish I would of read it, but I am not going to reply to a coward who does not use their real name and hides behind some weak name.

        So keep the replies coming, becuase if you are replying ot me, that means you are not bothering others, and that work for me…
        btw – :)

    • Sue Lawson

      Some people are just full of hate and negativity.

  • Sis Delish

    WKYC is reporting Cleveland Police are investigating the possibility that this kid fell down a garbage chute at the ballpark.

    Seems plausible as other stories about the show tell of high numbers of intoxicated, drunk, passed-out concert goers vomiting all over the venue.

    You all can line up to see if your apologies are sincere and if they will be accepted.

  • Cody Hearn

    Hillbilly gets drunk and dies. world stops. get over it.

    • Ok Thanks Nine Eleven

      that’s how both my dads went. tragic

    • Scout

      That was crass!

  • John R. S. Kovacs

    There’s a question concerning Cory’s cell phone, which was pinged and located at the Taste of Tremont on Sunday evening…who has the cell phone and why?

    • Cody Hearn

      I would blame the neonazis. them bastards…

      • Guest

        Trash collection wasn’t performed and his phone was probably connected to the tower that is between the two areas.

    • Ok Thanks Nine Eleven

      Trash collection wasn’t performed and his phone was probably connected to the tower that is between the two areas..

      • Jennifer Williams

        His phone died at the concert. All of a sudden on Sunday it is pinged?

  • guest

    my god how sad.and wtf is wrong with you people?someone died,why do you joke?this is so sad and im praying for the family.may god ease your pain.its not the closure im sure they hoped for but they got a few answers.please watch what you say in case his family sees,it would hurt them more

    • Liz

      The troll who has been bashing this poor man she didn’t know is SisDelish who Donna from Donna’s Diner. People should know who she is so they can decide for themselves whether to patronize her nasty diner and promote this kind of ridiculous behavior.

      • guest

        how do you know this is her?

        • LEE

          I read the chronicle daily. While reading a story about the food truck, I noticed that not only was Donna quoted in the article but she decided to start a profile as SisDelish and started commenting. After reading her various comments for months (without ever responding till now) I took a very educated guess and turns out (as evidenced by the response below from Donna) I was right.
          I understand freedom of speech however it doesn’t mean I have to accept it or patronize that person’s business. I want others to know what she has been doing so she understands that while speech is free it can sometimes comes at a cost.

          • Mr Fahts

            Impressive!!!!

          • Sue Lawson

            I agree!

          • Sis Delish

            LEE was Liz a few hours ago.

          • LEE

            Yes I was and you wouldn’t care if you weren’t Donna!

          • guest

            thank you for providing this information.im making it very clear to family and friends to stay away from that place.who wants to eat somewhere where someone is just so down right rude and disrespectful.thank you very much for letting us know.

          • Sis Delish

            Here’s a second bit of advice, LEE, AP or is it MM?

            Some of your posts have already been deleted. The remaining few should be removed and soon.

            Hint: I am not Donna from the business of the same name & Libel is a serious and costly action.

  • me101

    Prayers to the family. If there was foul play, may justice be served! May the family remember the insensitive remarks made here are not a reflection of the community!

  • Guest

    Dear Ms. Sis Delish aka DONNA FROM DONNA’S
    DINER: I have monitored your posts since your food truck rant without ever commenting HOWEVER your posts on this topic are unacceptable. I do not know this man’s family or friends and I am assuming you don’t either.
    Your comments are usually controversial, racist, uneducated and completely misdirected. You’ve commented about public officials, many of whom patronize your business without knowing you bash them. You’ve also commented deaths, police matters, etc. all because you think you are posting anonymously. You are the definition of an “internet troll.” People should know who you really are and decide for themselves whether or not they want to patronize Donna’s Diner and promote your despicable views. So the next time you want to troll the
    internet, think twice it may affect your already dwindling pathetic
    business.

    I am sure you will be commenting about this misquoting something about freedom of speech or citing a law (because apparently you have a law degree) Please proceed Donna.

  • guest

    C.T. please monitor these comments like you did with a previous story about a tragic death.keep in mind this mans family will most likely see the rude comments and be very upset.you wouldn’t want someone talking crap about a loved one of yours and respect this mans family and know they feel that way to.delete all disrespectful comments.

  • Sis Delish

    Seems cooler heads at the adminstrative level have prevailed.

    I applaud the editing/deletion of certain posts.

    Those posts remaining, unjustly accusing a local businesswoman must be removed. That person is not being represented on this blog as I am not Her.

    Failure to remove the referenced posts may result in actions involving libel. Thank you in advance.

  • Sue Lawson

    Numbers 32:23 … and your sin will find you out.”

  • Herman Cain

    Why is the “O” in owner capitalized? Also confused about RNS?

  • Sue Lawson

    So true but I see my blessings, large or small, everyday. I am sad for those who don’t.

  • guest

    I take it you knew this man?

  • me101

    No, I did not know this family. I just felt the remarks here were hurtful to a grieving family. We, as a community, are much better than the comments left here.