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24th May 2021

Body of missing man found inside dinosaur statue

Claudia McInerney

Police think he may have been in the statue for a couple of days

The body of a missing man has been found inside a dinosaur statue in Santa Coloma de Gramenet in Catalonia, Spain.

Police officers were called to the statue near Barcelona after a two passers-by, a father and son, spotted something inside the papier-mache dinosaur on Saturday.

Police are currently investigating the death of a 39-year-old man who is believed to have accidentally become trapped in the stegosaurus statue whilst attempting to fetch his mobile phone.

A spokesperson for the region’s police force, the Mossos d’Esquadra, said in a statement that the death of the man was not being treated as “suspicious.”

“A father and son noticed that there was something inside and raised the alarm,” the spokeswoman said.

“We found the body of a man inside the leg of this dinosaur statue. It’s an accidental death; there was no violence.

“This person got inside the statue’s leg and got trapped. 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.”

The spokeswoman said in the statement that firefighters were contacted to help cut into the statue in order to remove the man’s body.

She added: “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.”