Atlanta police say a kitchen worker has been found dead in the walk-in freezer of a hotel.

Lt. Charles Hampton says the woman was found Tuesday inside the freezer at the Westin Peachtree Plaza, one of the city's largest hotels.

Hampton says a search for the woman began when she didn't return home after her shift.

Hampton says there was evidence she tried to get out, but he didn't elaborate. He says he isn't sure whether a mechanism to get out of the freezer was in working order.

Hampton says the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration will investigate.