AUSTIN (KXAN) - Austin police Monday afternoon identified the body found on Saturday in the exhaust vent duct work of Norwood Tower as that of missing person Jamie Minor, 26.
Police said it appears the body had been there for several weeks. No foul play was indicated, as it looks to police that the woman entered the duct on her own.
Physical evidence at the scene showed Minor apparently climbed into the duct work on the third floor of the attached parking garage, traveled downward through the duct work and got trapped between the first and second floors of the building.
"She couldn't move forward and she couldn't move back so she was trapped inside the duct work," said APD Commander Julie O'Brien. "That area is located in a part of the building that is not readily accessible to anyone so noises from inside the duct work couldn't be heard."
O'Brien said Minor used to work at Perry's Steakhouse, which is on the first floor of the building and that they believe she was going there to visit a friend.
"We don't know yet why she didn't come in through the front door," O'Brien said.
The body was discovered at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday . Some of Minor's personal belongings had been found weeks earlier near the duct entrance. She was not reported missing to APD until June 19. Investigators put the pieces together and used a camera to search the duct work and locate Minor's body.
Minor had not been seen since May 23 at the W Hotel, where she worked. Her supervisor sent her home early that night after she had been acting "strangely."
Surveillance cameras caught Minor trying to get into a side alley door of the Norwood Tower on May 23. Another camera caught her going into a pedestrian gate in the parking garage.
She grew up in Bee Cave and graduated from Lake Travis High School.
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