Colorado man found dead in elevator called for help twice

  • Colorado man found dead in elevator called for help twice

Colorado man found dead in elevator called for help twice

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 bad stench, according to The Denver Post.

Isaak Komisarchik, 82, was last seen alive on July 5.

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

"The elevator cab where he was found is located in a parking garage that is under renovation construction and not now in active use".

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

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

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. His disappearance sparked a large dragnet in which missing persons posters were distributed and Denver firefighters searched five ponds near Woodstream in an attempt to find him.

"It is a tragedy, but things like this don't happen often", Pixley said.

Managers of the Woodstream Village apartment complex did not answer most of 9NEWS' questions on Thursday, instead opting for a statement.

However, the parking-garage where Komisarchik was found had been closed for renovation.

According to Pixley, pressing the emergency alarm will typically send an alert to an on-site security group or emergency monitoring agency who will then call the fire department's dispatch. The elevator cab where he was found is located in a parking garage that is under renovation construction and not now in active use. When the lieutenant pushed the button, the elevator door opened, Pixley said.

Greystar Management Services oversees operations at the Woodstream apartment complex.

She wrote that the elevator was not in use due to the renovation and said Greystar is "continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident with the local authorities".

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

An autopsy of Komisarchik has been completed, but the cause and manner of his death are still under investigation, said Steve Castro, a spokesman for the Denver medical examiner.