Elderly man stuck in elevator for almost a month found dead

Isaak Komisarchik was missing since July 5

Denver police are investigating what went wrong - particularly after police determined Komisarchik tried to summon help by pressing the elevator's emergency button at least twice on morning of July 6, police spokesman Doug Schepman told CNN.

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

Numerous Woodstream residents complained to managers of a strong odor emanating from the garage area but nothing had been done. The company said they are now investigating the incident with local authorities. Pixley said it's hard to determine a cause of death when a body is badly decomposed.

Authorities told the Denver Post that despite having dementia, Komisarchik had the wherewithal to press the emergency button twice. It appears Komisarchik did what he needed to do to get help and yet the closely regulated system for rescuing people trapped in elevators failed.

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

The Post reported that in compliance with Denver city code, the elevator auto 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. When the two-way communication phone or intercom is not connected to on-site security, a call must automatically be forwarded within 30 seconds to the elevator-monitoring company.

Crews last conducted a routine inspection of the elevator in December 2016 and found it to be in good working order, Denver Fire Department spokesman Capt. Greg Pixley told CNN. Elevator maintenance workers had just found Komisarchik's body inside the auto, Pixley told the Post. The fire department reportedly never received an emergency call from inside the broken elevator.

MEI Total Elevator Solutions monitors the elevators at the Denver apartment complex, according to the Daily Mail.

The medical examiner has not yet released Isaak Komisarchik's official cause of death.

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

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