Bizarre death of missing woman under investigation



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Posted on June 27, 2011 at 9:25 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 28 at 1:55 PM

More questions surfaced than answers on Monday regarding the bizarre death of a 26-year-old Austin woman discovered dead in a downtown parking garage’s exhaust duct system.

Jamie Minor, a Lake Travis High School graduate and hostess at the W Hotel, was last seen on May 23 as she left the hotel.  According to Austin police, Minor’s supervisor at the W was concerned about her behavior and was getting ready to send her home via a ride, but Minor left before the ride arrived.
Austin police say that Minor walked down to the Norwood Tower at 114 W. 7th Street to see a friend at a restaurant where she used to work. Surveillance video from the Norwood Tower shows Jamie Minor trying to enter a side and back door without luck.
Detectives are still trying to sort out why Minor chose to go to the top floor of the parking garage connected to the Norwood Tower where she’s believed to have entered the exhaust duct system and tried to lower herself to the restaurant’s office only to get stuck in the duct system.  
“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 where it's not readily accessible to anyone, so noises inside of the duct work couldn't be heard."
Minor's family reported her missing in early June. They originally filed the report with the Bee Cave Police Department, where they live. They later reported her missing to Austin police on June 20.
A maintenance worker at the Norwood Tower was the first to discover some of Minor’s personal belongings near one of the exhaust duct grates.
Austin police went back to the garage this past weekend and used a special tool to peer inside of the duct system where they discovered Minor’s body.
Detectives do not believe that foul play was involved, however police are anxious to speak to anyone who may have seen Jamie Minor on the night of May 23 between 8p.m. and 10 p.m.
Call Austin police if you have information.

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