Missing Colo. man found dead in theater restroom

January 17, 2012 - 1:40 AM

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A 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 George DeGrazio reported him missing on Jan. 9 and his vehicle was found nearby.

DeGrazio, 66, 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. The company said in a statement Monday that it had placed five employees on administrative leave and was evaluating its opening and closing procedures to ensure a similar incident doesn't happen again.

"We are deeply troubled and concerned about these events, and we offer our most sincere condolences to the DeGrazio family for their loss,'" the company said. "Right now, there are more questions than answers."

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