VINELAND, NJ — A man has been pronounced dead after his body was found inside a kettle Monday morning at a southern New Jersey food processing plant, officials said.
The man, identified as Dale R. Devilli, 63, an employee of the Lassonde Pappas and Company, Inc. plant in Seabrook, New Jersey, about 40 miles south of Philadelphia. New Jersey State Troopers and local firefighters were dispatched around 7:49 a.m. Monday and found Devilli inside the kettle after he arrived at the plant, Trooper Brandi Slota said.
Slota said the investigation is still ongoing but “nothing suspicious has come to light.” No other information is available, she said.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration opened a case Monday and is currently investigating the incident, according to the OSHA database.
Lassonde Industries Inc., a Canadian company that owns Lassonde Pappas, issued a statement Tuesday regarding the death. “We are devastated by the loss of our friend and colleague and our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time,” spokesman Alexander Roberton said.
An online obituary described Devilli, of Millville, New Jersey, as “an avid outdoorsman and jack of all trades.” He leaves behind two daughters and his wife of 28 years, according to the obituary.
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