The body of a missing man who was found in a building's air conditioning system on Wednesday has been identified on Monday.
Kenneth Avery Smith, 48, had been missing since September 3, from Durham, N.C. A City of Durham news release said he was last seen around 5 p.m. on Dunn Avenue.
Insurance adjusters were on the roof of the Town 'N' Country store on Monday when they came across Smith's body stuffed head-first into an air conditioning vent, reports The Durham News. The store closed down last year.
Smith's family asked if there was a possibility that Smith was killed because he was "head first instead of feet first."
Authorities felt there was no indications of foul play and believed that Smith was attempting to break into the store when he got trapped and couldn't get himself free.
“My mother wanted to do it [report him missing] after about three days,” Nicole Smith, Kenneth's sister said Monday. “The police told her he was a grown man and had probably ran off with a woman. She waited until she felt like it was just too long.”
Kenneth was a commissioned officer with the U.S. Marines and was honorably discharged and served in Norway as part of a support group fighting in Kuwait during the Gulf War.