An elderly man who was reported missing a month ago has been found dead in a lift, police said.
The decomposing body of 82-year-old Isaak Komisarchik was found in a parking garage lift of a Denver apartment complex last week.
Residents had reported a terrible stench several times.
Records show that the pensioner pushed the emergency help button twice during an 8-minute span on July 6 – but got no response, The Denver Post reported.
The calls went to MEI Total Elevator Solutions, which reported them to the apartment complex, Woodstream Village.
Apartment complex staffers checked two elevators, but not the one containing Komisarchik.
Komisarchik, who suffered from dementia, was inside an elevator in a parking garage that had been closed for renovation, and the elevator was not operable.
John White, a spokesman for Denver police, said: ‘How he got in there and when he got in there is obviously what we’re trying to figure out.’
Komisarchik’s decomposing body was found Aug 2, when elevator repair workers went inside the lift.
He was last seen wearing pajamas at on July 5 at a nearby nursing facility.
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.
The emergency notification system apparently did not specify the exact elevator making the emergency call, but an investigation continues, said Denver Police spokesman Doug Schepman.
The cause of death has not yet been determined. Foul play is not suspected, Schepman said.