Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Man missing for weeks died in elevator after emergency calls went unanswered

Man missing for weeks died in elevator after emergency calls went unanswered

The decomposed remains of Isaak Komisarchik were discovered inside a parking garage lift by elevator fix workers on Aug 2 after nearby residents complained about the terrible stench, according to The Denver Post.

The elderly Denver man was only found after a fix technician happened to notice a foul smell coming from the elevator at the Woodstream Village apartment complex parking garage.

Sometime between then and July 31, when reports of a foul stench led to the discovery of his decomposing body, Komisarchik died.

Greg Pixley, a captain on the Denver Fire Department, said police detectives are still trying to figure out why no one responded to the call for help after the senior citizen became stuck in the elevator.

An 82-year-old man died after being stuck inside a Denver elevator for almost a month.

The elevators at the apartment complex are monitored by MEI Total Elevator Solutions monitors.

"We are saddened by the tragic loss of life and extend our deepest condolences to Mr. Komisarchik's family and friends", Greystar Management Services, which manages Woodstream, said in a statement released by spokeswoman Lindsay Andrews. The company said they are now investigating the incident with local authorities.

The Denver medical examiner said the cause of death has not been determined.

"He could've gotten disoriented at times", she said. Pixley said it's hard to determine a cause of death when a body is badly decomposed. A phone or intercom system labeled "Help" is also mandatory within elevators.

Isaak Komisarchik, 82, died while being stuck in an elevator for nearly an entire month.

Misconceptions about the discovery of Komisarchik's body make it impossible to fully grasp just how weird the incident was, according to officials and residents of the apartment complex.

Isaak Komisarchik was reported missing on July fifth. All elevators are required to possess an emergency signaling device labeled "Alarm" next to the floor buttons and operating panel.

Tenants say the elevator wasn't working and that few people parked in the garage during summer months.

The city's elevator code mandates that elevator operators monitor emergency notifications at all times.

Police in Denver are now working to learn why Komisarchik wasn't able to escape the elevator and why authorities weren't notified of the emergency call.

Almost a month later, a Denver fire lieutenant was inspecting an apartment complex adjacent to Woodstream that is also managed by Greystar when the maintenance manager received a call from elevator fix staff saying they thought there was a body in the elevator.

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

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