Tragic news out of the Cleveland area as a 22-year-old man named Cory Barron who went missing on Friday, July 18th during a Jason Aldean concert at Progressive Field, was found by a landfill worker in New Russia Township, just outside of Cleveland on Tuesday (7-22). The man’s body was in a dumpster that had been transported from the ballpark. The Lorain County Sherriff’s Department responded to the landfill and identified the body as the missing man. The young man still had his ID and ticket stub on his person when he was discovered.
Local investigators are looking into the possibility that the concertgoer fell down a trash chute that led to the dumpster. The chute was located near where the Fremont, OH native had tickets to the concert. According to workers, the man would have fallen five or six stories down the chute to reach the dumpster. What the man was doing by the chute, how he gained access to it, or if any foul play was involved has yet to be determined. The cause of death has yet to be determined pending an autopsy by the Lorain County Coroner’s Office.
An intense search operation that involved the FBI was commenced the day after Friday’s concert when Cory Barron went missing. He was last seen at around 9:30 PM after leaving his assigned seating area to meet up with friends in another section of the ballpark. Cory never returned, and Saturday morning a missing persons report was filed. A search then commenced, including by air and watercraft in the area. The entire ballpark was searched three times with no clues, and surveillance video found nothing suspicious.
Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, and Tyler Farr also played at the concert.
On Tuesday night after the news of Cory Barron’s death was made public, Jason Aldean said on Twitter, “My sincere condolences go out to Cory Barron’s family and friends. My heart is heavy for you all and you are in my thoughts and prayers.”
The Cleveland Indians, whose home is Progressive Field, also said, “The Cleveland Indians are saddened by the news of Cory Barron’s untimely death and wish to extend their sincere condolences to the Barron family and friends. We are cooperating with the authorities in their investigation and do not have additional comment at this time.”