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Spanish Man Found Dead After Getting Stuck Inside Dinosaur Statue While Trying To Get His Phone Back

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A missing man was found dead inside a dinosaur statue near Barcelona on Saturday.


Authorities in Catalonia told The Guardian on Monday that a man, 39, was found inside a paper-mâché dinosaur statue in a suburb outside of Barcelona. The police believe that the man might have fallen into the stegosaurus statue while he was trying to get back his cell phone, which he probably dropped into the sculpture.


As the BBC News reported on Monday, the incident was reported by a father-son duo who observed a pungent smell coming from inside of the statue. After looking through the cracks in the statue, the father discovered the body and alarmed the authorities instantly.



The man had been reported missing by his family, although his death is not being treated as suspicious.


"It's an accidental death; there was no violence. This person got inside the statue's leg and got trapped," the Mossos d'Esquadra spokesperson said. "It looks as though he was trying to retrieve a mobile phone, which he'd dropped. It looks like he entered the statue head first and couldn't get out."


Firefighters were called to help cut open the statue and remove the body. Expectedly, the dinosaur statue has since been removed too.


Officials told The Guardian that it's unclear how long the body had been inside the statue.


"We're still waiting for the autopsy results, so we don't know how long he was in there, but it seems he was there for a couple of days," the Mossos d'Esquadra spokesperson told The Guardian.


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