Wisconsin student found dead in dumbwaiter

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  1. zwiebel

    zwiebel New Member

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    'Authorities in Wisconsin on Wednesday were continuing their investigation into the death of a college student whose body was found in a dumbwaiter at a bar and grill.

    Police responding to a 911 call at WingDam Saloon and Grill in Fountain City about 8 p.m. Monday found the body of a 21-year-old bar employee in the food elevator connected to the kitchen.

    Winona State University in Minnesota identified the victim as Brooke Baures of Chetek, Wisconsin. She was a senior majoring in social work and was a member of the school's gymnastics team'

    http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/n...284613201.html?_osource=SocialFlowTwt_LABrand
     
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  3. nycgrl

    nycgrl New Member

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    I admit, I had no idea what a dumbwaiter was and had to google it.
    My hinky meter is going off, though.
     
  4. AzPistonsGirl

    AzPistonsGirl New Member

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    she was small, and dumbwaiters are as well... prank gone bad? dare to see if she can fit there? Convenient place to hide a body? Can't imagine this was an accident? Ugh, this is awful...
     
  5. CoverMeCagney

    CoverMeCagney Active Member

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    I had to google it too. RIP young lady. Prank gone bad or foul play?
     
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    CoverMeCagney Active Member

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  7. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    Accident, methinks, not a prank or homicide.
     
  8. jjenny

    jjenny Active Member

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    I don't understand how it can be an accident. She was a gymnast. Therefore presumably very coordinated and not clumsy.
    How did she end up in a dumbwaiter?
     
  9. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    Stuff happens.

    I could swear I've heard another, similar "waitstaff in dumbwaiter" story before but couldn't find it. Anyone remember (or am I just nuts)?
     
  10. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    Here's a recent one but I remember another...

    Russian waitress has to be rescued after getting her head stuck in food service lift (Daily Mail)

    more at link, with video

    Another recent:

    the rest here: Tacoma firefighters rescue person stuck in elevator

    And another, this from 2013....

    the rest here: Dumbwaiter Disaster

    Oklahoma City, 2011:

    Waitress dies after falling down 'dumb waiter' elevator shaft (Daily Mail)

    more at DM link

    Back to 2012....

    more here: Elevator and dumb waiter accidents kill two in Japan

    So, yes, dumbwaiter-related tragedies have been known to occur. I think all of these seem to have been accidents.
     
  11. Olivia522

    Olivia522 New Member

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    Thanks wfgodot! Sad story. I was thinking prank gone bad...hadn't seen accident stories like those before.
    I wonder if any of the staff have ever climbed in for a ride.
     
  12. Olivia522

    Olivia522 New Member

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    I was a gymnast growing up. Small & strong. And liked to climb in and on things...luggage, boxes, trees etc
    When I was college aged, climbing in there might've seemed like a fun thing to do.
    Could also be a freak accident. Reports I've seen so far haven't said anything suspecting foul play.
    Sad story & a life cut too short in any event.
     
  13. Hiandmighty

    Hiandmighty New Member

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    I was astounded when I first read this story and I really hope they figure out what happened!
     
  14. jjenny

    jjenny Active Member

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    I guess it is possible she climbed up in there for whatever reason.
     
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    An earlier dumbwaiter-related fatality:

    Woman Dies in Dumbwaiter (AP)
    Published: September 11, 1986
    http://www.nytimes.com/1986/09/11/nyregion/woman-dies-in-dumbwaiter.html

    And a 2012 fatality, also in NY:

    http://albany.twcnews.com/content/your_news/589317/feds-to-investigate-schenectady-dumbwaiter-death/

    Back to 1989....

    http://articles.orlandosentinel.com...9_1_dumbwaiter-thomas-taylor-basement-freezer

    Not restaurant-related per se, but Death by Dumbwaiter, 2008....

    http://www.centralkitsapreporter.com/news/18274274.html

    Plus, from the Chicago Tribune, 2011:

    Roseland man killed in fall from Loop garage
    Fell four stories down dumbwaiter-style shaft

    And back to February 1986:

    http://articles.latimes.com/1986-02-23/news/mn-10952_1_dumbwaiter

    Forward to 2013:

    Repairman killed while working on casino dumbwaiter at Harrah's Philadelphia casino in Chester. (philly.com)

    Also in PA 2013:

    Lehigh cafeteria worker pulled into dumbwaiter, trapped for hours

    Also....

    Dunbwaiter references occur in literature -- an Anne Sexton poem, a Harold Pinter play, the death of Zelda Fitzgerald, and this, from 2002:

    hmm....an athlete employee ^ of a service industry and death by dumbwaiter....about where we came in, above, in the OP....
     
  17. CHERIE.T

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    Brooke was working that night and according to the mail on line article, there was a banquet on the 2nd floor....question? Did the banquet end at??? --what time?
    Did no other staff enter the room the dumbwaiter was in?
    Why did no one notice Brooke was missing?
     
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    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs...ke-baures-whose-body-was-found-in-dumbwaiter/

     
  19. Elley Mae

    Elley Mae The enemy is here. beware

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    The paper, citing 911 calls and Fountain City's only police officer, reported that an employee at WingDam Saloon and Grill called 911 Monday at 7:49 p.m., stating that a co-worker "got (caught) in, like, our dumbwaiter." The employee, who was not identified, was in tears and was unable to identify the worker trapped.

    snip
    Mork told the paper that Baures was trapped "inside the entirety of the device. To explain more of her specific location, orientation or obvious injuries would require an extremely graphic explanation."

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/12/0...ta-college-students-body-found-in-dumbwaiter/

    A Minnesota college student who was found dead in a restaurant dumbwaiter had become tangled in the machine, authorities said Wednesday.

    http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_27058121/vigil-planned-winona-state-student-found-dumbwaiter

    bbm
     
  20. CHERIE.T

    CHERIE.T Former Member

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    So sad for her family and friends.....what a devastating tragedy.
    RIP Brooke
     
  21. sumzero

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    <modsnip> The lead investigator has said no foul play is suspected. (Of course, what does he know, being on scene, interviewing a bunch of people, and having more facts at his disposal than anyone else, right?)
     

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