Elderly man found dead in lift one month after being reported missing

Cheryl Sanders
August 13, 2017

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.

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.

Numerous Woodstream residents complained to managers of a strong odour emanating from the garage area but nothing was done. Komisarchik may have not been able to continue his efforts to escape from the broken elevator due to dementia.

When a Denver firefighter responded and pushed the button to call the elevator, the door readily opened and Komisarchik's body was inside the vehicle, Denver Fire Department spokesman Capt. Greg Pixley said.

Denver police detectives are still attempting to determine how the 82-year-old man got inside the inoperable elevator. "We are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident with the local authorities".

Komisarchik had not been seen since he left a nearby nursing facility on the afternoon of July 5.

Apartment complex staffers checked two elevators, but not the one containing Komisarchik.

Komisarchik's disappearance prompted the distribution of missing persons posters a search of five ponds near the apartment complex by firefighters to try to find him. Pixley said it's hard to determine a cause of death when a body is badly decomposed.

Denver's elevator code requires elevator operators to monitor emergency notifications around the clock. A phone or intercom system labeled "Help" is also mandatory within elevators.

Denver Fire Department spokesman Capt. Greg Pixley told The Denver Post that "something is not right".

The fire department said they didn't receive any emergency calls from that particular elevator vehicle during the period of time Komisarchik was in it.

Fire officials reveal they did not receive any emergency calls from that elevator, but MEI Total Elevator Solutions, which operates the unit shares that they did receive a call.

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

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

Komisarchik was eventually found after tenants reported a foul odor coming from the elevator shaft.

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