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Elderly woman found in Gold Coast trash chute

An 80-year-old woman has been found dead inside a trash chute of the building where she lived.

Florence Banta’s body was found at 1555 North Astor Street in the Gold Coast neighborhood.

This is the same high-rise building where a 16-year-old boy with down syndrome and autism died, after falling down the trash chute last year.

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Chicago police say it appears the death of an elderly woman who fell down a trash chute was an accident.

Investigators say preliminary indications show there was no foul play in the death of 80-year old Florence Banta.

Her body was found Monday at the bottom of a trash chute in the building at 1555 North Astor Street.

Banta’s daughter is now questioning whether the garbage chute was too large.

Chicago’s building code has no maximum size for garbage chutes.

A 16-year-old boy fell down a garbage chute in the same building and died last year.

Two bizarre deaths in 13 months at the same Chicago high rise has investigators looking deeper.

80-year-old Florence Banta died this weekend when she fell 17 floors down a trash chute.

In February of 2012, 16-year-old Charley Manley fell down the trash chute 46 floors to his death.

It’s a larger than usual opening that’s low to the ground. But for two people to fall to their deaths in such a tragic way,┬áresidents are wondering if these were accidents or foul play.

An elderly woman has been found dead inside a trash chute of a building in the Gold Coast neighborhood. Capture

80-year-old Florence Banta was found in the building at 1555 North Astor Street on Monday.

She lived in the building and was reported missing on Saturday.

Her death is under investigation and an autopsy is scheduled for today.

This is the same high-rise building where a 16-year-old boy with down syndrome and autism died, after falling down the trash chute last year.

An elderly woman has been found dead inside a trash chute in the Gold Coast.florencebanta

Florence Banta, 80, was found in a building in the 1500 block of North Astor Street Monday.

Police say she lived in that building and was reported missing Saturday.

Her death is under investigation.

It is the same high-rise building where a 16-year-old autistic boy with Down syndrome died after falling down a trash chute last year.

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