Grandfather found dead in elevator called for help twice

12 August, 2017, 02:33 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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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.

First reported by the Denver Post, Denver Fire officials say they've learned Komisarchik pressed an emergency button in the elevator twice on July 6 before he died.

A missing Denver man who died in an elevator shaft that was under construction had pushed the emergency button twice but received no response, according to a report. The elevator led to a parking garage that was closed for renovations.

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.

"Something is not right, and police are going to make a determination on what that is", says Capt. Greg Pixley of Denver Fire, per the Denver Channel. She also told local reporters her father was not physically capable of taking long walks.

All elevator cars must have signaling devices including an emergency switch labeled "Alarm" adjacent to the car's operating panel and a phone or intercom labeled "Help" allowing two-way communication with security.

Days went by with no one seeing or hearing from the elderly man, who had begun showing signs of dementia and would become "disoriented at times", his daughter told KUSA. He walked to his mailbox and stopped by the office to pick up a few things, his daughter said.

When the parking garage at the Woodstream Village apartment complex was inspected last December, it was deemed to be in good working order.

When a Denver firefighter responded, the elevator doors were open. Apartment workers checked two of the elevators, the ABC affiliate reported, but not a third elevator, where Komisarchik's body was eventually found.

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Denver's elevator code requires elevator operators to monitor emergency notifications around the clock.

The Denver Post reported Komisarchik missing since July 5.

Now police and fire officials are working to figure out exactly what happened in the elevator auto, and why Komisarchik's calls for help went seemingly unanswered.

A DailyMail.com request for comment to MEI was not immediately returned.

Notice of Komisarchik's death came after a foul smell was reported emanating from the parking garage at the Woodstream Village apartments. "We are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident with the local authorities", a Greystar Management Services representative said Thursday.

White said management was seeking to determine "how he got in there and when he got in there".

The cause of death has not yet been determined.

Denver police detectives are still attempting to determine how the 82-year-old man got inside the inoperable elevator.

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