An 82-year-old Denver man who had been missing for a month was found dead in an inoperable elevator at his apartment complex – after the emergency button had been pushed twice.
Isaak Komisarchik’s body was discovered last week in his parking garage after residents reported a horrible smell.
“I’ve never seen anything like this in my career as a Denver firefighter,” Cpt. Greg Pixley told 9 News in a story published Thursday.
The area where his body was found was roped off, and there were visible signs as well. Relatives told the station that Komisarchik, who had mental health issues related to his age, likely ignored the signs.
Komisarchik was last seen on July 5, according to the station. The emergency alarm in the elevator was pressed the following day, and the fire department is looking into why a dispatcher was not contacted when the button was pushed.
“It is a tragedy, but things like this don’t happen often,” Pixley told 9 News. “If we were to find anything out that we can improve our methods or our means to provide a better service to the citizens of Denver, we will do that.”
Family members recalled how Komisarchik vanished just days after they last saw him.
“He actually walked to the mailbox to pick up the mail and to the office to get some things from there and then he just disappeared,” daughter Yelena told 9 News last month. “He couldn’t take long walks. He physically couldn’t do that. He could’ve gotten disoriented at times.”
At the time, loved ones remarked how surprising it was that he disappeared in such a quiet area.
“He should be safe, so where is he?” granddaughter Elina told the station at the time.
“I can’t get into my mind what could’ve happened to him from the steps that he’s taken from his apartment building to his just disappearing,” Yelena added.
In a statement to the station, the Woodstream Village apartment complex said that the elevator cab where Komisarchik was found is located in an area that is “under renovation construction and not currently in active use.”
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The apartment complex is also investigating Komisarchik’s death.
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