Chicago police have said that a 17-year-old autistic boy was killed on Monday when he fell down a trash chute in the high rise building where he and his family live.
Police say 17 year old Charley Manley went missing yesterday inside the building.
The family called police, and late last night Manley was eventually found inside the building’s trash compactor.
Police believe he fell down the garbage chute 46 floors.
An autopsy found that he died of multiple injuries from the fall, and his death was ruled an accident, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Charlie Manley was remembered by neighbors for his friendly smile and by officials with the Special Olympics for his grit and determination.
The teen reportedly had autism and down syndrome. He was the youngest kid in the family.
“We’re all shocked,” said a woman who said she has worked for a family in the building for about 20 years. “He was such a sweetheart. He touched everyone because he was so sweet.”
“I have never met, in any situation, two parents more devoted, more dedicated to improving the quality of life for a child than John and Mary Manley have been,” said Marshall M. Bouton, president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, where father, John Manley, is a vice chairman of the board.
“They showered him with love and attention and support, as did his (brother and sister),” Bouton said. “It is just a tremendously sad and tragic event.”