Woman who fell to death identified as University sophomore

The student died after falling 30 feet in an abandoned grain elevator.

by Elizabeth Smith

A woman who fell to her death from the Bunge Grain Elevator late Saturday night was identified as a University of Minnesota student Monday.

Sophomore Emily Roland was trespassing in the Southeast Como tower, a block west of Van Cleve Park, with two college-aged friends. The abandoned building has been a hot spot for young people participating in urban exploring.

The 20-year-old slipped through a debris-covered hole and fell three stories from about 140 feet above the ground into an empty metal grain bin, said Minneapolis Fire Department Deputy Chief Don Leedham.

According to a Hennepin County Medical Examiner press release, Roland died of multiple blunt force injuries.

MFD crews responded to the fall just before 10 p.m. They worked for about two hours to remove the woman. A Hennepin County Medical Center doctor was also lowered into the grain elevator to administer care to her, a statement issued Sunday said.

Roland died early Sunday morning at the Hennepin County Medical Center.