Crews recover body from hopper at Phoenix factory


by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Steve Bodinet

Posted on April 12, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 16 at 1:28 PM

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PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Fire Department recovered the body of a person who apparently fell into a hopper at a factory and became trapped underneath several tons of sand.

Phoenix police officers and fire crews were called to Eagle Roofing Products near 43rd Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road after 30-year-old Jantu Medrano's body was discovered Friday morning.

Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson said the factory manufactures cement tiles.

Medrano is an employee who had been missing since Thursday afternoon.

"There's one large hopper that divided into three hoppers going into conveyor belts," said Phoenix fire Capt. Tony Muir shortly after the body was discovered. "This believed employee is down in this hopper covered by several tons of sand."

Crews rappelled down into the hopper to bring up Medrano's body. It took them several hours to recover the body.

Medrano had been on the job for less than three weeks. Officials and co-workers said he wasn't supposed to be in the area where his body was found.