Prosecutor to probe death of Ohio man crushed in trash bin

FREMONT, Ohio (AP) — The case of a northern Ohio man crushed to death after passing out in a trash bin more than 15 years ago will be investigated by a special prosecutor.

Authorities say a Seneca County prosecutor recently was appointed to oversee the investigation into Lee Naus’ death. Prosecutor Derek DeVine will decide whether the case will be sent to a Sandusky County grand jury to determine if the death was accidental.

The 21-year-old Fremont man was crushed to death when the bin he was sleeping in was unloaded into a garbage truck in 1999. Toxicology tests showed Naus was drunk at the time.

Sandusky County Coroner John Wukie ruled the death accidental.

The case was revived last year after an anonymous tip was received. Authorities say there are no suspects.

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