Penn State student dies after falling from 11 stories into garbage chute

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The student’s body was found when a garbage truck emptied a dumpster on the ground floor of the building. (Getty images)

CENTER COUNTY, Dad. (WHTM) — A Penn State college student has died after falling into an 11th-floor garbage chute.

State College Police and the Center County Coroner are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of 19-year-old Justine Gross, who was first reported missing on Thursday, Nov. 11.

After an initial investigation, both parties involved confirmed that Gross died after falling into a chute, and in a waste bin on the ground floor. The fall occurred at “around 11:30 p.m.” on Wednesday, Nov. 10, police said.

Gross’ body was found when the bin was emptied by a Borough of State College garbage truck on Nov. 12, two days after her fall, and taken to the transfer station of the Center County Recycling & Refuse Authority.

Video footage suggests Gross was alone in the 11th-floor hallway and garbage disposal room before she fell.

The coroner will determine the cause of death pending a final lab test. This is an ongoing investigation involving eyewitness tests, video and forensic evidence.

From Friday 19 November, the incident appears to have happened by accident, according to the police.

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