• Man found dead inside walk-in beer cooler at SunTrust Park, police say

    By: Matt Johnson

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    COBB COUNTY, Ga. - Cobb County police said they are investigating the death of a person at SunTrust Park.

    Authorities confirmed to Channel 2 Action News that the person is a third-party contractor who was found dead inside a walk-in beer cooler at the ball park by another worker Tuesday around 3:30 p.m.


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    A lot of fans found out the news while they were in their seats inside. They had plenty of questions when they learned part of the stadium is at the center of a death investigation.

    "Nobody inside really knew anything about it," one fan told Channel 2 Action News.

    Police believe the unidentified man showed up to work earlier in the day for an overnight shift.

    "He was there just doing his job," said Sarah O'Hara with Cobb County Police Department.

    It's too early to tell if foul play was involved because investigators are waiting for autopsy results.

    Police are interviewing witnesses at the stadium and co-workers, and they said they're working with the Atlanta Braves.

    "From there they'll decide if it's a homicide or accidental suicide. There's many avenues it could go, but at this time, we're just gathering information," O'Hara said.

    The discovery came just hours before the Braves played the Cincinnati Reds at SunTrust Park.

    While the investigation continues, concerned fans said whatever the outcome -- it is tragic.

    "It's sad because I'm sure he's got a family somewhere," a fan said.

    Cobb County police said they have identified the man, but they are not publicly identifying him until his family is notified.

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