Vigil set, investigation continues in death of Cory Barron

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Lorain County Coroner's Office confirmed it has completed an autopsy on the body of Cory Barron, 22, who went missing from the Jason Aldean concert at Progressive Field Friday night.

Barron's body turned up in the Lorain County Landfill Tuesday around 12:30 p.m.

Lorain County deputies said it was brought there by a truck that picked up trash at the Cleveland stadium.

According to a Cleveland police report, Barron's family reported him missing after traveling from the Fremont area to the concert Friday.

They reported they did not hear from him after about 10 p.m.

Cleveland police detectives inside Progressive Field Wednesday continued to piece together how Barron may have ended up in a dumpster in the stadium's basement.

Investigators focused on a trash chute leading from near the upper level section where Barron was sitting, down several stories to a dumpster in the basement.

Police are not yet saying how he might have ended up in the chute, but they said it's possible he could have entered the chute on his own.

"We're looking at all access points to the dumpster throughout the building," said Cleveland Police Commander James Chura.

After Barron was reported missing, a massive search of the area around Progressive Field began.

A Cleveland police spokesman told Fox 8 News that Progressive Field security searched the ballpark Saturday, then Cleveland police joined in for another search Sunday.

The spokesman said no one checked dumpsters, and cadaver dogs were not used in the search, as Cleveland police do not have cadaver dogs.

Lorain County deputies said a machine operator at the Lorain County Landfill discovered Barron's body after it was dumped by the garbage truck and immediately called authorities.

"The dozer drivers were pushing the refuse that was just dumped, and as they were doing that, they noticed the body," Det. Sgt. Randal Koubeck said.

Deputies say Barron was wearing the clothing he was last seen in Friday, and his wallet and ticket stub were found on him.

The Cleveland Indians declined to comment on security in place at the stadium for Friday's concert and on trash chutes at Progressive Field.

Details from Barron's autopsy, including a cause of death, have not yet been released.

A vigil has been set for Thursday night to remember Cory. For more on that vigil, click here.

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