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A man who escaped police after climbing onto the roof of a supermarket may have been found inside one of the store's columns. The discovery of a decomposing body inside the column was made in Lancaster on Saturday after a plumber was called to investigate a horrible smell coming from the brick column.
LASD Lt. John Corina said the store's manager thought the smell was due to a sewage leak and that is why he called a plumber. When the plumber arrived, he eventually broke some of the brick off the column and found a leg and a shoe inside.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/breaking?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#breaking</a> A horror film come to life in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/lancaster?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#lancaster</a> after decomposing body is found inside entrance column of a supermarket.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/lasd?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#lasd</a> detectives believe it may be suspect who led deputies on foot chase Monday & disappeared on the roof.<br>The latest on investigation at 11pm <a href="https://twitter.com/ABC7?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ABC7</a> <a href="https://t.co/zfnu02RjyU">pic.twitter.com/zfnu02RjyU</a></p>— Leanne Suter (@abc7leanne) <a href="https://twitter.com/abc7leanne/status/1028496063559127041?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 12, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Earlier this week, a man fleeing from police crashed his car and fled to the supermarket. He climbed the roof and accessed a roof hatch where he found access to the column and apparently hid. A witness to the chase named Henry Oliver said, "He got out of the car, ran in, ran up the steps… and somehow got on the roof, and last I heard he got away. They shut the whole thing down."
Police say they checked the roof but didn't see or hear any signs of the suspect and assumed he managed to escape. Detectives say the missing man had not been heard from since. "He may have gotten inside there and somehow gotten down the column, trying to hide from the deputies and then couldn't get out," Corina said.
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The coroner will determine how the man died, it is unclear whether he fell to his death or became trapped and couldn't get out. The idea of being stuck in the column left even seasoned investigators shocked. "It's been over 100 degrees up here every day," Corina said. "I can't imagine being inside that column and just baking. It's a strange development, and if he died that way, it's a horrible way to die."
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