Missing man found dead inside Dinosaur Statue in Spain
Published: 07:38 PM, 24 May 2021
A decorative dinosaur statue located in Barcelona
A 39-year-old man was found dead inside the leg of a decorative papier-mache dinosaur statue in Spain. Spanish police are investigating the matter.
Authorities were alerted on Saturday after the dead body detected. A father and his son noticed a smell emanating from the papier-mâché figure in Santa Coloma de Gramenet, a suburb of Barcelona.
The father then saw the corpse through a crack in the Stegosaurus' hollow leg. Later, he informed the police of the matter.
Police said the man had been reported missing by his family, and no foul play is suspected.
Three fire brigade teams were called to scene after the body was discovered, and firefighters cut open the dinosaur leg to retrieve it.
Local media report the man - who has not been named - was trying to retrieve a mobile phone he dropped inside the statue. He then fell inside the decorative figure and was left trapped upside down, unable to call for help.
Police have not confirmed how the man ended up inside the dinosaur, and are awaiting the results of his autopsy to find out how he died.
The decorative statue has been removed from its place outside the city's Cubic Building, where it had been used to advertise an old cinema.