Elderly man found dead in Denver elevator pushed emergency button twice

Komisarchik died between the morning of July 6 and August 2 after he was unable to escape an elevator possibly because of dementia. His body was discovered inside a parking-garage elevator at the Woodstream Village apartments

Almost a month later, his decomposing body was found in an inoperable elevator at the Woodstream Village apartments in Denver after tenants complained to management about an terrible smell coming from a parking garage area that was under renovation, CNN affiliate KMGH reported. Between the morning of July 6 and August 2, Komisarchik is believed to have died after he was unable to escape an elevator, possibly because of dementia. The parking garage where Isaak Komisarchik's body was found had been closed temporarily for renovation.

Family members said the last time they saw Komisarchik, he was wearing gray pajama trousers and a gray-and-white striped shirt around 2pm on July 5.

Denver Fire Department spokesman Capt Greg Pixley said detectives are now trying to determine why no one responded.

During an interview with 9 News, the 82-year-old man's daughter, identified only as Yelena, said the last time she saw her dad he was wearing pajama trousers and a striped shirt on the fifth of July.

"Something is not right", Pixley said.

The elevators at the apartment complex are monitored by MEI Total Elevator Solutions monitors. He was reported missing, and Denver Police made a concerted effort with Komisarchik's family to locate him. If that's the case, it raises questions about why an elevator company wasn't called. Elevator maintenance workers had just found Komisarchik's body inside the auto, Pixley told the Post.

"Staff did check two elevators in response to the notification but not the inoperable elevator, in which his body was found", he said.

Police checked the elevator emergency calls and found the button was pressed twice the morning after Komisarchik disappeared. All elevators are required to possess an emergency signaling device labeled "Alarm" next to the floor buttons and operating panel.

The cause of Komisarchik's death has not yet been determined, as officials said it's hard to determine when a body is badly decomposed. "We are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident with the local authorities". A multitude of residents had reportedly complained about the smell coming from the elevator area but maintain nothing was done to investigate or eliminate the odor. Greystar Management Services oversees Woodstream Village operations.

Denver Police said MEI Total Elevator Solutions received the distress call from the elevator and notified Woodstream's management. Pixley said it's hard to determine a cause of death when a body is badly decomposed.

When a Denver firefighter responded, the elevator doors were open.



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