Employee found dead in Cincinnati restaurant cooler identified

UPDATE @ 9:25 a.m. (Aug. 1) 

The Hamilton County Coroner’s Office has identified the man found dead in a cooler at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant in Cincinnati as 20-year-old Brandon Chandler, of Cincinnati.

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Chandler’s cause of death on the coroner’s report is listed as pending, according to our news partners WCPO-TV in Cincinnati.

Earlier, Cincinnati police said Chandler was not locked or trapped inside the cooler, nor was there any sign of a struggle. Police also noted there was nothing missing from the pub.


Cincinnati police are conducting a death investigation after a body was discovered in a freezer at an Irish pub Monday morning.

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Police were dispatched to Molly Malone’s Irish Pub & Restaurant at 6111 Montgomery Road around 9:45 a.m. after the body was discovered in the restaurant’s walk-in freezer, our news partner WCPO-TV in Cincinnati reports. Police told the station the deceased is an employee who was working Sunday night, and was found in the freezer by a fellow employee.

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Investigators said the deceased was a man in his 20s, but did not indicate if they believe the death is suspicious.

“At this time we don’t suspect really anything, but we can’t provide any additional information until we determine the cause,” Cincinnati police Sgt. William Bell told WCPO-TV.

Bell added it does not appear the man was locked in the freezer.

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