October 31, 2014

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Police: Cleveland concertgoer may have fallen down trash chute

Cory Barron

Cory Barron

An investigation into a body found Tuesday in the Lorain County Landfill has yielded a possible explanation for Cory Barron’s death: The 22-year-old may have fallen through a garbage chute after a concert at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

A manager at the Lorain County Landfill called police Tuesday after workers found Barron’s body around noon. Barron was brought into the landfill in a dump truck that had done a route in Cleveland earlier Tuesday, according to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.

Cleveland police and the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation Tuesday and found that Barron may have fallen through a garbage chute at Progressive Field into a garbage bin at the stadium on Friday evening where he was attending the Jason Aldean concert, Cleveland police spokesman Ali Pillow said.

Investigators remained at Progressive Field on Wednesday and searched through surveillance videos for any more information on what exactly happened to Barron.

Barron’s family reported him missing Saturday and told police that they went to a concert with Barron at Progressive Field the previous evening but that they hadn’t heard from their son since 9:30 p.m. Friday. Barron’s friend told the family that she saw him at the concert around 8 p.m. Friday and that he was intoxicated, according to the police report.

The Lorain County coroner is still working on the cause of death. Dr. Stephen Evans completed a preliminary autopsy on Wednesday but couldn’t release any more information on how Barron might have died. Evans said they are conducting more tests over the next few days.

Barron was found at the landfill with his identification and a ticket stub from the concert, according to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.

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


  • Joe Smith

    Sorry for the loss but of course it will be blamed on the trash chute rather than the intoxicated person.
    RIP Cory

    • Sis Delish

      TV Reporters, who have looked at Jacobs/Progressive Field Blueprints reveal the Shute to be 3 feet square. Plenty big enough to fit persons of any size.