Suit: Arby's Worker Locked in Freezer 'Beat Her Hands Bloody'

Body of Arby's worker Nguyet Le was found by her son, lawsuit states
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2023 11:08 AM CDT
Updated May 30, 2023 2:20 PM CDT
Arby's Employee Found Dead in Walk-in Freezer
Police say the body was found in the Arby's freezer during normal business hours.   (Matt Odom/AP Images for Arby's Restaurant Group)
UPDATE May 30, 2023 2:20 PM CDT

The family of an Arby's worker found dead in a walk-in freezer earlier this month is suing the franchise owner and the chain's parent company. The suit states that a former employee says problems with the latch on the freezer door at the New Iberia, Louisiana, location were reported to a regional manager as far back as August of last year, and that a screwdriver was sometimes used to open the door. The lawsuit discloses grim details regarding the death of 63-year-old Nguyet Le, CBS reports: Blood on the freezer door led investigators to conclude that she "beat her hands bloody trying to escape or get someone's attention" before "she collapsed into a fetal position face down on the frozen floor" and died from hypothermia. It states that her body was found by her son, who was also working at the restaurant.

May 12, 2023 11:08 AM CDT

Police in New Iberia, Louisiana, say a worker at an Arby's restaurant made a horrific find in the walk-in freezer Thursday evening: The body of a female employee. Police have described the woman's death as "suspicious," but they say the initial investigation detected no signs of foul play and the death may have been accidental, Fox News reports. Police say the body was found around 6:30pm, during normal business hours at the restaurant. The body was taken to the morgue for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

"A situation like this is unusual, so we’re taking extra precautions during the investigation," New Iberia Police Capt. Leland Laseter tells KADN. "After completely processing the crime scene," Laseter says, "this does not seem like a homicide, it seems like an accident." Laseter, head of the department's criminal investigations division, says police interviewed multiple Arby's employees and may interview them again as the investigation continues. (More Arby's stories.)

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