Larry Ely Murillo-Moncada of Council Bluffs, Iowa was 25-years-old when he disappeared in November of 2009. For almost a complete decade his family was left with questions that went unanswered.
Murillo-Moncada's parents reported him to be missing Nov. 28, 2009, when he became upset and ran out of their home.
"It was a snowstorm at the time," Sgt. Brandon Danielson said. "He left with no shoes, no socks, no keys, no car."
Leaving with almost nothing, in a snowstorm and not one clue as to when he'd gone. Until now.
In January contractors began deconstruction of old freezers in a local food store. When they ripped away one unit, they found a decomposed body that the police say, had been there for years!
The grocery store had been closed for about three years at the time of the discovery, Sgt. Brandon Danielson with the Council Bluffs Police Department told the Register on Monday.
According to the Des Moines Register, the "Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation identified him using DNA collected from Murillo-Moncada's biological parents. An autopsy showed no signs of trauma to Murillo-Moncada, and the death has been ruled accidental.
Danielson said Murillo-Moncada, who worked at the supermarket at the time of his disappearance, was not scheduled to work at the time he would have entered the supermarket, and management said it was not uncommon for employees to enter and exit the store when they weren't on their shifts.
Police said former employees at the supermarket said it was common for workers to be in the space on top of the coolers, which was used for storage. Investigators believe Murillo-Moncada went into the store after leaving his home and climbed on top of the coolers, where he fell into a gap between the back of the units and the wall that measured about 18 inches and became trapped.
It would have been about a 12-foot fall, Danielson said. And the noise of the freezer units could have made it difficult to hear any cries for help, he said.
"It's so loud, there's probably no way anyone heard him," he said."
Although this has been a horrific find, at least this man's parents are able to get some closure.
Now, on to the obvious question on all of our minds. . . Didn't someone SMELL anything wrong? Well, as it turns out, a lot of former shoppers did!
After seeing these comments, it makes me wonder about a store I grew up near that always had a horrible smell.