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Balt. Co. man, S.C. woman die in coal pile in Fla.

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A young man from Baltimore County was found dead Monday morning, buried by a coal shipment in central Florida, police said.

Christopher Francis Artes, 25, was found around 5 a.m. at Lakeland's City Power Plant by workers who were unloading coal from a train that had arrived from Terre Haute, Ind., according to a statement Wednesday from the Lakeland Police Department.

Artes grew up in Timonium and began traveling the country in June, said his mother Susan Artes.

"He was very loved," she said by phone Wednesday evening.

A South Carolina woman, 22-year-old Medeana Dina Hendershot, was also found dead in the coal, police said.

Artes and Hendershot considered themselves to be married, said Susan Artes.

Their deaths were accidental, police said. Artes died from asphyxiation and Hendershot died of blunt force trauma to the midsection.

Artes and Hendershot appear to have been riding in the coal car, police said, and their injuries were sustained when the coal was released into receiving bins at the power plant.

Lakeland is about 35 miles east of Tampa.

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