Chicago woman, 80, dies after apparently falling 17 stories in trash chute

Chicago authorities are investigating the death of an 80-year-old woman who was found dead at the bottom of her apartment building's trash chute.

A building engineer found Florence Banta's body Monday at 10:30 a.m. in the Gold Coast building, The Chicago Tribune reported. She was reported missing on March 30 and is believed to have fallen from the 17th floor, where she had a residence.

An autopsy is planned for Tuesday to determine the precise cause of death.

The Tribune article pointed out that last year, a 16-year-old boy with Down syndrome and autism died after apparently falling 46 stories down a trash chute.

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