Monday, 16 October, 2017

Elderly man found dead in Denver elevator pushed emergency button twice

Isaak Komisarchik Isaak Komisarchik
Melinda Barton | 12 August, 2017, 16:26

The parking garage served the Woodstream Village apartments in Denver and had been closed for renovations. Some officials initially reported that Komisarchik's body was found in the elevator shaft, Pixley said.

Komisarchik died between the morning of July 6 and August 2 after he was unable to escape an elevator, possibly because of dementia.

The decomposing body of an elderly man was pulled from an elevator August 2, almost a month after he got stuck there, according to The Denver Post.

Elevator fix workers finally discovered his body after multiple residents of the Woodstream Village apartments reported a awful smell coming from the parking-garage, according to the Daily Mail.

"He could've gotten disoriented at times", she said.

Investigators were trying to determine why the emergency button did not work.

The Post reported that in compliance with Denver city code, the elevator vehicle should have had an around-the-clock emergency switch labeled "Alarm", and an intercom system or phone labeled "Help" for those inside to contact security.

"Something is not right", Pixley said.

Pixley said MEI Total Elevator Solutions monitors the elevator for Woodstream.

A request for comment to MEI was not immediately returned.

The investigation remains ongoing, authorities said.

He said they are working to determine "how he got in there and when he got in there". 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. A phone or intercom system labeled "Help" is also mandatory within elevators. Elevator maintenance workers had just found Komisarchik's body inside the auto, Pixley told the Post.

When Komisarchik was first reported missing, Denver firefighters searched five ponds near Woodstream in an attempt to find him. If that's the case, it raises questions about why an elevator company wasn't called.

However, "the elevator wasn't inoperable", Denver Police Department spokesman John White said.

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

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

Police checked the elevator emergency calls and found the button was pressed twice the morning after Komisarchik disappeared.

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 the lieutenant pushed the button, the elevator door opened, Pixley said.