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Another cold case?

Andy Ouriel • May 8, 2015 at 8:04 AM

Lee Naus was just 21 when he died 15 years ago.

But why he died remains a mystery.

The Lindsey man’s body was discovered inside a garbage truck during the early morning of Oct. 1, 1999.

He was last seen alive sleeping outside Bud’s Tavern on West State Street, according to a Fremont police report, where a garbage truck driver was getting ready to empty a Dumpster.

An autopsy performed by Lucas County deputy coroner Cynthia Beisser determined Naus accidentally died as a result of being crushed to death in the truck's compactor.

But police never determined how Naus ended up in the Dumpster.

“No one at the city is going to answer your questions regarding this matter," Fremont Mayor Jim Ellis told the Register. "It is an old case, and so the prudent thing is to promptly provide you with the documentary record and have you refer to it.”

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