Chicago woman found dead in high-rise trash chute


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Posted Online: April 02, 2013, 8:40 am
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CHICAGO (AP) An 80-year-old Chicago woman who had gone missing for two days was found dead at the bottom of a trash chute in a downtown high-rise building.

The Cook County medical examiner pronounced Florence Banta dead at the scene on Monday. She was missing since Saturday. She was found in the same building where a 17-year-old boy with autism and Down syndrome was found dead in the trash chute last year.

A building engineer found the woman's body. The medical examiner says police are investigating if Banta accidentally fell down the chute. She lived on the 17th floor.
















 



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