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Body found in air duct at Cleveland grocery store after employees notice foul odor

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Posted at 4:55 PM, Apr 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 16:06:24-04

CLEVELAND — Cleveland police responded to a grocery store in the city’s Mt. Pleasant neighborhood on Wednesday morning after a manager called an exterminator about a foul odor and a body was later found the building's ductwork.

The person was later identified as Daniel Collins, 54, according to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office.

According to police, officers responded to the grocery store, located in the 14300 block of Kinsman Road, at around 11 a.m.

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Employees told News 5 that they noticed a smell several days ago.

Cleveland Fire and EMS also responded to the scene. Crews could be seen on the grocery store's roof after arriving. According to the Associated Press, Firefighters had to use an electric saw to cut a hole in the building's roof to gain access to the man's body.

Authorities said no signs of violence were observed. As of Wednesday evening, the case has not been ruled a homicide. Police said it appears that the person may have gone into the air vents on their own.

A cause of death has not been released.

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