A 56-year-old Palatine man was crushed to death by a trash compactor as he searched for his missing cell phone, authorities said.
The Cook County medical examiner’s office found that Roger Mirro, of the 200 block of South Clubhouse Drive in Palatine, died of multiple crushing injuries from being trapped inside a trash compactor on Tuesday. Mirro’s death was ruled an accident, according to the medical examiner’s office.
Authorities responded to investigate a report of a missing person at the Clubhouse Drive address about 9:30 p.m., according to Palatine police.
When officers arrived, a woman who lives there told police she couldn’t find her 56-year-old husband, who should have been home at that time, Deputy Chief Alan Stoeckel said in a statement. Stoeckel called the death “a terrible accident.”