According to Polk County Deputy Coroner Tony Brazier, the body of Nancy J. Duncan, 68, of Rockmart, was found around 4:30 a.m. Saturday morning at Hardees of Rockmart, 999 Nathan Dean Parkway.
Duncan, who was over the kitchen area of the restaurant, had come into work at approximately 4 a.m. per her usual routine, Brazier said.
At some point, Duncan entered the walk-in cooler to retrieve food items for the morning. It was then, Brazier said, that she collapsed.
While she was in the cooler she suffered a heart attack, he said.
The morning manager arrived at the restaurant around 4:30 a.m. and noted that Duncans car was in the parking lot and that lights were on inside the store. However, the manager could not locate Duncan.
After a brief search of the restaurant, Duncan was found dead in the cooler.
No one else had been present in the restaurant at the time of the incident.
That was a sad situation, Brazier said.
Police were then notified of the situation and the restaurant secured for the investigation. Polk County EMS evaulted Duncan and performed CPR to no avail.
There is nothing criminal about it whatsoever, said Adams. We have ruled out any possibility of foul play.
Ranny Saint, Director of Security for Hardees, stated that
Duncan, who is referred to as a crew person, had been employed with the restaurant for seven years.