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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – A 32-year-old man died early Monday after he broke into an Arizona aquatic center and became trapped in a water slide’s support structure, authorities said.

Officer Kevin Watts of the Scottsdale Police Department told KTVK that an officer on patrol about a quarter-mile from the Eldorado Aquatic & Fitness Center heard what sounded like “muffled screams for help” shortly after midnight.

Watts said it took officers about an hour to locate the man because the pipe in which he was trapped was “acting almost like a megaphone,” making it difficult to pinpoint the victim’s location.

Sgt. Brian Reynolds told NBC News that officers and firefighters were in contact with the man for more than an hour and a half while trying to free him, but he became unresponsive and was declared dead at approximately 2:18 a.m.

Watts told the network that the man would have had to scale a fence to get into the locked facility and then climb the slide and lower himself into the tube.

“It wasn’t an easy feat. It took some work to get down in there, which obviously would not be the first place that people would be looking to find someone because of the difficulty,” Watts told NBC News.

Watts told KTVK that investigators now know the man’s name, but they are declining to release any further information until they speak with his next of kin.