Penn State students die after 11-story fall in the trash

The student’s body was found when a garbage truck emptied a rubbish bin from the ground floor of the building. (Getty Images)

CENTER COUNTY, Pa. (WHTM) – A Penn State student has died after falling into a garbage can on the 11th floor.

State College Police and Center County Coroner’s Office are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of 19-year-old Justine Gross, who was first reported missing Thursday, Nov. 11.

Following an initial investigation, both parties involved confirmed that Gross died after falling into a waste chute, and in a waste bin on the ground floor. The fall took place “around 11.30pm” on Wednesday, November 10, police said.

Gross’ body was found when the trash can was emptied by a Borough of State College garbage truck and taken to the Center County Recycling & Refuse Authority transfer station on Nov. 12, two days after her fall.

Video evidence suggests Gross was alone in the hallway on the 11th floor and in the garbage room before her fall.

The tax office will determine the cause of death pending a final laboratory test. This is an ongoing investigation with eyewitness tests, video and forensic evidence playing a role.

From Friday, November 19, according to police, the incident appears to be coincidental.

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