A probe into the mysterious death of a 22-year-old Fremont man is focused now on a Progressive Field trash chute.
Cory Barron is believed to have somehow gotten into a passage that runs six stories from the top of the Cleveland ballpark to the ground.
Police say Barron’s seat for a country music concert by Jason Aldean was located close to the chute.
It’s the most likely explanation for how he got into a street-level dumpster and then to the Lorain County Landfill in New Russia Township, said Cleveland police St. Ali Pillow.
Barron, a senior at Bowling Green State University, went missing just after 9:30 p.m. on Friday, July 18.
Republic Services employees found his remains and wallet four days later at the landfill just north of Oberlin.
While some media outlets have reported the case is being treated as a homicide, Pillow said that’s not accurate.
Homicide investigators have been pulled in to assist in the search for clues, but he said it’s still a “found body” case.
An autopsy will take several weeks.
No obvious signs of trauma were found on the body, so there are still plenty of questions to be answered about the manner in which he died. The Lorain County coroner has yet to release a cause of death.
Pillow said it could take four to six weeks for toxicology reports to return.
Caitlyn Wasmundt may be reached at 440-775-1611 or on Twitter @LC_CaitW.