Breaking News
More () »

Cory Barron investigation: What we now know

After his body was found Tuesday at the Lorain County Landfill, law enforcement confirmed they were investigating the possibility he fell down a garbage chute.

As police, family members and the Northeast Ohio community work to piece together the final moments of Cory Barron's life, a number of theories are emerging, some of which are being debunked by law enforcement sources.

Wednesday Lorain County Coroner Dr. Stephen Evans performed an autopsy on Barron but said further police investigation needs to be completed before he can reveal what he believes is the manner or cause of death.

Tuesday night Cleveland police Commander James Chura confirmed Barron's body was found in a Dumpster that had been "close to" the section Barron was sitting in for Friday night's Jason Aldean concert at Progressive Field.

911 CALL: Body found at Lorain County Landfill

After his body was found Tuesday at the Lorain County Landfill, law enforcement confirmed they were investigating the possibility he fell down a garbage chute at the field, one of which extends five to six stories.

Wednesday, however, police sources told WKYC Investigator Tom Meyer that Barron couldn't have simply fallen into a garbage chute.

"He'd have to crawl in or do the limbo or something similar," Meyer tweeted, citing those same police sources.

He later added that the 3-foot by 3-foot opening, which was in a well-lit area, was too small for an adult to accidentally fall into.

Also, Barron, was found without signs of physical injury and with his concert ticket and ID. His phone was "pinging" in the Tremont area, according to police sources Meyer cited.

Also unclear is where the Dumpster Barron was in actually was while Cleveland police conducted extensive searches of Progressive Field.

PROGRESSIVE FIELD: Barron investigation: Inspecting the blueprints

Police tell Meyer they used "general purpose" police dogs to conduct those searches, not cadaver dogs they borrowed for the landfill search.

Cleveland police have said they're considering their investigation a "dead body investigation," rather than a homicide investigation but are treating it as a homicide investigation to give it as much priority as possible.

The coroner would not elaborated on Barron's types of injuries or levels of decomposition of the body. Blood and tissue tests could take a couple of weeks, but he said his initial comments may be able to be released sooner.

Cory's brother, Clay, posted the following statement on his Facebook page Wednesday, expressing his appreciation for the community's support:

I wish I could take the time to thank each of you individually. The support, dedication, and love that has been shown to Cory and the rest of our family over the past few days has been beyond incredible and my family will be forever thankful. All of your efforts, thoughts, prayers, and kind words mean more to my family and I than I could ever express in words. It has been because of all you and the persistent and dedicated work of the Cleveland PD, especially Commander Stephens and his team and all of the other law enforcement agencies involved, that we are able to bring Cory home where he belongs. Please continue to pray for our family during this difficult time and help us remember Cory for the beyond amazing, caring, and loving young man that I was so blessed to have as my brother for 20 years.

Before You Leave, Check This Out