Body of Student Gymnast Found in Dumbwaiter

No foul play suspected at restaurant in Wisconsin
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2014 2:42 PM CST
Body of Student Gymnast Found in Dumbwaiter
Winona State University student Brooke Baures.   (AP Photo/Winona State University, Cory Prudoehl)

A college gymnast is dead after what appears to be a freak accident at the restaurant where she worked: Brooke Baures was found in its dumbwaiter, reports NBC Chicago. The body of the 21-year-old senior at Winona State University in Minnesota was discovered Monday evening in the food elevator of the WingDam Saloon & Grill in nearby Fountain City, Wisconsin. Police say they don't suspect foul play, reports the Winona Daily News, though authorities haven't spelled out what they think happened. Part of Baures' job was collecting items from the dumbwaiter that runs between floors, reports CBS Local.

“Brooke had a magnetic personality and a smile that would light up the gym,” says WSU's gymnastics coach. “She was a sparkplug of a competitor and an ambitious, dedicated teammate." The school was planning a candlelight vigil tonight for Baures, who planned to be a social worker upon graduation. (More gymnast stories.)

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