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Employee found dead in Piggly Wiggly freezer

The front of the new Piggly Wiggly supermarket at 2424 Woodruff Farm Road in Columbus as seen in 2015.
The front of the new Piggly Wiggly supermarket at 2424 Woodruff Farm Road in Columbus as seen in 2015. Special to the Ledger-Enquirer/JTM Corp.

An employee of the Piggly Wiggly store at 2424 Woodruff Farm Road was found dead in a walk-in freezer Saturday morning, according to Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan.

Bryan said that Larry Alvin Long II, 51, of Phenix City, entered the freezer at 10:13 a.m. and was found dead at 11:20 a.m. Bryan pronounced Long dead at 11:50 a.m. of natural causes.

Because the death is work-related, the body has been sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in Atlanta for an autopsy, Bryan said.

Bryan said no foul play is suspected at this time.

“We are heartbroken by the loss of a longtime employee and friend,” owner/operator Justin Milligan said in a release provided to the Ledger-Enquirer. “Our hearts and prayers go out to his family. We ask that everyone please show his family the respect and comfort that they deserve.”

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