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The woman died at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel, in Atlanta, Georgia.  Raymond Boyd—Getty Images

61-Year-Old Woman Dies After Spending a Night in a Freezer

Updated: Mar 25, 2016 10:27 AM ET | Originally published: Mar 23, 2016

A 61-year-old employee at an Atlanta hotel was found dead on Tuesday inside a walk-in freezer where she had apparently been for 13 hours.

Carolyn Robinson did not return home from her shift at the Westin Peachtree Plaza on Monday night, and was only found the following morning, CBS News reports. Atlanta police Lt. Charles Hampton said there was evidence she had tried to get out, but he didn't elaborate. "Right now," he said, "there does not appear to be any foul play."

Officials are conducting an autopsy to determine if some medical condition may have affected Robinson's ability to get out. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was notified about the incident. A representative for the Westin Peachtree Plaza said in a statement that multiple tests conducted by OSHA on Tuesday and Wednesday revealed the exit device was in working order. OSHA declined to comment pending the results of its investigation.

“Our Westin family is saddened by the tragic loss of our long-time associate, Carolyn Robinson, who worked with us in our kitchen and cafe for over 35 years," the company said in the statement. “Obviously, we very much want to know what happened and how, but there are no answers yet. We have to wait for the determination by the medical examiner.”

[CBS News]

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