The death of a concertgoer who fell through a garbage chute at Progressive Field more than seven years ago has now been ruled a homicide.
Cory Barron, 22, went missing during a July 2014 concert featuring country music acts including Jason Aldean. A landfill worker found his body four days later. Investigators at the time found that he fell down the five-story ramp along the left-field foul line, adding there was no sign of foul play.
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The Lorain County Coroner’s Office announced Monday that it has changed the manner of Barron’s death from undetermined to homicide. County coroner Frank Miller cited new police information indicating that Barron was involved in “an altercation” prior to his death, meaning it was due to the actions of another person, or his failure to act. .
A Cleveland police spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday that the death remains under investigation, but did not provide further details about the new information cited by the coroner’s office.
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Barron suffered multiple blunt force traumatic injuries, authorities said. Alcohol was found in tissue samples taken from Barron, the coroner’s office said, but his blood alcohol level could not be accurately measured due to the state of his body. No drugs were found in the tissue samples.