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Authorities Say Missing Man Was Killed After Falling Into a Trash Compactor

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - Police say an office building maintenance man was crushed to death in western New York after falling into a trash compactor. But no one realized it for weeks as his family and authorities searched for him.

Niagara Falls police said Sunday that surveillance video showed 67-year-old John Adams tumbled into a compactor at the One Niagara building and couldn't escape. He was last seen picking up garbage on the night of July 4.

Representatives for the building didn't immediately respond to an e-mail message. The building is near the New York foot of the Rainbow Bridge, which links the U.S. and Canada just downstream from the famous falls.

The owners had offered a $1,500 reward for information on Adams' whereabouts. His family had papered the area with signs.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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