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Body Found in Fortune Cookie Dough Mixer Identified
By Liz Fields
Police are investigating the death of a man found inside a fortune cookie factory machine, several days after a fellow employee made the gruesome discovery.
The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences revealed the identity of the man to ABC News as Elmer Oscar Barrera, 26, and said the cause of death was multiple blunt force injuries. The death was ruled an accident.
ABC News could not immediately reach family members for comment.
Houston police told ABC News that there was no reason to suspect foul play in the case.
Police first responded to a call at 12:10 p.m. on Sunday to attend the Houston branch of the Wonton Food company at 2902 Caroline Street, according to an earlier statement.
“The victim, an employee of the Wonton Food Corporation at the above address, was operating an industrial dough mixer,” the statement read. “A fellow employee found the man deceased in the machine.”
The Wonton Food company operates facilities in New York, Texas and Tennessee, where they manufacture food products including noodles and wonton wrappers, and are one of the leading fortune cookie makers in the country, making around 4 million cookies a day in their New York headquarters and a smaller number in their Houston factory.
The company did not immediately respond to calls and emails for comment.