Body of man missing for 10 years found behind supermarket fridge

A body found behind a refrigerator in an abandoned supermarket has been identified as a man who went missing 10 years ago, aged 25.

Police confirmed the body, found by contractors removing fridges and shelves from the back of No Frills Supermarket in Council Bluff, Iowa, was Larry Ely Murillo-Moncada.

He was an employee at the store when he was reported missing by his parents in November 2009, news site KETV reported.

The No Frills supermarket was closed in 2016. Source: KETV

Council Bluffs Police Department said information received by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Criminalistics Laboratory indicated there were no signs of trauma on the body.

Investigators believed he fell and became trapped in a 46cm gap between a fridge and wall after seeking refuge in the back of the store.

Former employees said it was not uncommon for workers to enter the back end of the store when they were not rostered on for shifts.

Police said the body had been behind the supermarket fridge for an extended period. Pictured is a file picture of a commercial fridge. Source: File/Getty Images

His identity was able to be confirmed through DNA testing of both his parents.

Police said the body appeared to have been in its position for an extended period. The case has been closed and his death classified as accidental.

The supermarket’s West Broadway location was shut down in 2016.

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