Co-owner of Nashville cafe found dead in restaurant’s cooler www.privateofficer.com
Nashville TN June 19 2012 A co-owner of Germantown Café East was found dead today in the restaurant’s cooler.
Jay Luther, 47, was found when an employee reported for work around 9 a.m. and could not get inside.
The employee called the other co-owner and once they entered the café they found Luther’s body inside the cooler.
Police say it appears Luther was accidentally locked inside the cooler and died.
There was a power outage Friday night, prompting the restaurant to put dry ice into the cooler to preserve the food. When the power was restored Sunday, police believe,
Luther went to check on the cooler and the food and somehow got trapped inside.
A button that would have opened the cooler from the inside was not working and had been broken for some time.
Dry ice emits carbon dioxide and police think Luther succumbed to the gas.
Police do not suspect any foul play.
There will be an autopsy and the investigation is continuing.