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Ah Darwin, You’ve Done It Again

By Wyatt Earp | June 29, 2011

This lovely young woman was Jamie Minor of Austin, Texas. I write about her in the past tense because she is deceased.

How, you ask? Well apparently, Miss Minor decided to use an nontraditional way to enter her workplace. Specifically, she entered the Trace restaurant through the duct work. Yeah, you read that correctly. This woman may have been attractive, but she was lacking in the brains department. Police officials estimate that Minor was stuck in the vent – dead – for a month or more.

Somebody should have told Jamie to leave crawling around the ventilation system to the professionals: like John McClane.

The body of a 26-year-old woman who had been missing for more than a month has been found in a restaurant ventilation system. Jamie Minor, from Austin, Texas, was trying to enter the downtown restaurant through its duct work when she became trapped and died, police said.

It is not clear how many days or even weeks she may have been trapped for before she died and police have yet to determine the exact cause of death. Jamie, who had a history of mental illness, was last seen on May 23 when she showed up for work as a hostess at the Trace restaurant at the W Austin hotel. Supervisors were said to have been concerned by what they described as her ‘erratic behavior’ and fired her before sending her home.

No offense, but how good can the Trace restaurant be if no one smelled a dead body for more than a month?

Topics: Snarkasm | 7 Comments »

7 Responses to “Ah Darwin, You’ve Done It Again”

  1. John D Says:
    June 29th, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    We had a guy around here that tried to break into a pizza joint through the duct work. He got stuck too. Fortunately for him, his legs were sticking out so he was found and rescued. Unfortunately for him, it was the cops who found him.

  2. JohnW Says:
    June 29th, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    “No offense, but how good can the Trace restaurant be if no one smelled a dead body for more than a month?
    Yannow, I was wondering the same thing. Even if it was an exhaust vent. (Maybe ESPECIALLY if it was an exhaust vent!)

  3. Wyatt Earp Says:
    June 29th, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    John D. – He’s the D-Block MENSA member.

    John W – Anyone who’s smelled a body dead for more than two days knows it’s like a punch in the face.

  4. Ranba Ral Says:
    June 29th, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Most bodies do stink to high heaven if left to rot normally. However, you’d be surprised at how that smell can be shifted about. If it was an oven exhaust vent or heat exchange vent, it could have smoked/cooked her, in which case it’d probably have smelt somewhat like they were slow-roasting pork (just a little off from that).

  5. Robert B. Says:
    June 29th, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Wyatt, I did a body recovery once. And believe me, once was enough. Elderly lady apparently had a heart attack while driving and ran off the road into a large stream. Was reported missing, but it took a couple of days before someone put the ruts off the road and a missing person in the same thought. I reeked for a couple of days myself.

  6. proof Says:
    June 30th, 2011 at 12:34 am

    Wyatt: First of all, it was a Minor odor.

    Second, if it walks like a duct, acts like a duct, it’s a duct.

  7. L Frame S&W Says:
    June 30th, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Wyatt, having found a DB myself (he spent Memorial day to July 4 floating) I agree with your comment, how in hades didn’t someone notice? If it was an exhaust vent, her body must have plugged it enough that it didn’t work right, and no one noticed?