In what appears to have been a freak accident, a 21-year-old Wisconsin woman was found dead inside a dumbwaiter at the bar and grill where she worked. Brooke Baures, a Winona State University student and stand-out gymnast, was employed part-time as a waitress at WingDam Saloon and Grill.
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On Monday evening, the local sheriff’s office received a 911 call from the location, and when authorities arrived they found Baures’ body in the food service elevator shaft that ran between the floors of the bar. While it is not known how Brooke became trapped — the opening is only 3-feet by 3-feet — foul play is not suspected at this point.
Baures was an outstanding gymnast who went to Nationals and was named All-American for three years at Winona State. She planned to become a social worker, and she decided not pursue gymnastics her senior year so she could concentrate on an internship and her studies. Family and friends are showing an outpouring of love for Baures on Facebook, Twitter and other social media.
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