CHICAGO -- A 16-year-old boy fell to his death through a garbage chute late Monday in a Gold Coast high-rise, police said.
The teen apparently was doing chores when he plunged 46 stories through the building's trash chute. Police and fire officials were called just after 11 p.m. to Astor Condominiums on the 1500 block of North Astor Street.
The building is 48 stories tall.
Witnesses told NBCChicago the teen has a mental disability, and he was taking out the garbage when he may have slipped and somehow fell into the chute. The boy's body was found in the trash compactor in the basement, police said.
The family was devastated as they talked with police and firefighters in the lobby overnight.
Police said they are investigating the incident and how the boy fell. An autopsy will be performed later Tuesday.
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