Man found dead inside model dinosaur after climbing in to retrieve phone

Spanish authorities say there’s no reason to suspect foul play

A man has been found dead inside a large model dinosaur in the Spanish municipality of Santa Coloma de Gramenet, on the northern outskirts of Barcelona.

Local media said the man was reported missing by his family, and that a father and son who often visit the model dinosaur noticed something amiss and called local authorities.

The dinosaur was once used as a roadside ad, then relocated as a curiosity outside local cinemas. The model appears to be at least partly hollow and local media report that the man somehow managed to lose his phone inside the model beast, perhaps after deciding to spend the night within its skin, then dived deeper in the hope of retrieving it.

Just what happened next is not known, but local authorities have ruled out foul play and consider the death an accident that occurred after the man entered the dino headfirst. ®

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