80 year-old woman found dead at bottom of garbage chute

80 year-old woman found dead at bottom of garbage chute
Published: 2013 April 03 11:17:25 (9836 Views)
An 80-year-old woman fell down an apartment building trash chute.

Florence Banta is believed to have fallen down a 17th story trash chute in a 48-story Chicago high-rise in the city's Gold Coast neighborhood.

She was last heard from Saturday evening, missing Sunday morning and found dead among garbage at the bottom of the chute Monday morning.

"My mother was so cautious - she was risk-averse," Banta's daughter Barbara Laken told the Chicago Tribune. "It's hard for me to even imagine how this happened.



A 16-year-old boy who had autism and Down syndrome fell down the same chute last year. His death was ruled an accident. But two deaths in the same chute in little over a year is already raising questions.

Laken, Banta's grieving daughter, called the building's trash chute "abnormally large."

"Most buildings in Chicago you can't fit a loaf of bread through the trash chute," Laken said. "This one is amazingly huge. It's 4 feet off the ground and very, very wide. You could fit a grown man's body through it."
 
A cause of death is pending.

"My mother was very private," Laken said. "She was quiet and unassuming. She would be horrified this has become such a public thing. She certainly gave no sign of ever wanting to hurt herself."

Chicago's building code requires "minimum inside dimensions" of at least 18 inches for trash and laundry chutes, the Tribune reported, but does not mention a maximum size limit.




Source - NYDailyNews

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