Missing Colo. Man Found Dead In Theater Restroom

Published January 16, 2012 11:54PM (EST)

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado man who was missing for five days was found dead in a locked movie theater restroom after workers noticed an odor and forced their way in, authorities said.

Police had searched the area around the Fort Collins theater after the family of 66-year-old George DeGrazio reported him missing on Jan. 9 and his vehicle was found nearby.

DeGrazio died of a heart attack, Deputy Coroner James MacNaughton told KMGH-TV of Denver (http://bit.ly/wrNaQe).

The man's son, Dylan DeGrazio, told the station that he was upset that theater employees didn't find his father's body earlier.

"If I had the police department saying somebody disappeared in this area and we're trying to locate him, I would be searching every nook and cranny of my establishment," he said. "But that didn't happen."

A spokesman for Cinemark didn't immediately return a message left by The Associated Press. In a statement, the company said it was working with authorities and couldn't comment on an ongoing investigation.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the DeGrazio family during this difficult period as they mourn the loss of a loved family member," the company said in the statement.


Information from: KMGH-TV, http://www.thedenverchannel.com

By Salon Staff

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