POLICE have opened an investigation after a food plant worker was mysteriously found boiled to death inside a huge cooker.
Authorities were called to Lassonde Pappas food processing plant in Cumberland County, New Jersey on Monday following reports of a freak workplace accident.
They discovered the remains of 63-year-old Dale R. Devilli, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Authorities say they are not treating the death as suspicious, but have refused to rule out foul play.
A spokesperson for Lassonde Industries Inc said the company were heartbroken by the incident.
“We are devastated by the loss of our friend and colleague and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time,” they said.
According to the federal inspection database, the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration is also investigating Devilli’s death alongside their counterparts from police.
Lassonde Pappas, a Canadian company that produces fruit and vegetable juices, confirmed they had been employing Devilli for several years as a millwright, according to an online obituary.
“He will be remembered for his years of expertise and vigorous work ethic,” the tribute read.
“He hardly ever missed a day of work and took pride in his job.”
The obituary also confirmed that Devilli was married and is survived by his wife of 28 years and their two daughters.
It comes after a string of tragic workplace incidents across the US.
Officials said Bibiana Arellano Delabra, 22, was operating a large industrial mixing machine when “something went wrong” and crushed her.
The worker, 50, was found dead after being found stuck in the cab, WDBJ reports.
He had been working for Lhoist for just nine weeks, Virginia Department of Energy officials revealed.
Officials revealed that he was trapped on Level 7 of the mine and the excavator was engulfed in limestone rock, according to WDBJ.
They added that there were no chemicals involved outside of those found in limestone.