Denver Fire helping investigators look into body found in elevator

Isaak Komisarchik

Isaak Komisarchik

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 terrible stench, according to The Denver Post.

Komisarchik was last seen wearing pajamas at 2:30 p.m. on July 5 at a nearby nursing facility on the 9900 block of East Yale Avenue.

Police checked the elevator emergency calls and found the button was pressed twice the morning after Komisarchik disappeared.

One reason for the tragedy may have been the fact that the parking garage where the elevator was located was closed for maintenance.

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.

A criminal investigation confirmed the number of times the emergency button was pushed, Pixley said.

Unable to escape the elevator auto - possibly because of dementia - 82-year-old Isaak Komisarchik died some time between the morning of July 6 and August 2, when elevator fix workers finally discovered the body after multiple residents of the apartment complex reported a awful stench. The fire department reportedly never received an emergency call from inside the broken elevator.

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

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

"Something is not right", Pixley said.

Tenants say the elevator wasn't working and that few people parked in the garage during summer months. When the lieutenant pushed the button, the elevator door opened, 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.

Pixley said MEI Total Elevator Solutions monitors the elevator for Woodstream Village. Greystar Management Services oversees Woodstream Village operations. 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. The company said they are now investigating the incident with local authorities.

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

Denver Police continue an active investigation into the man's death, and Denver Fire officials are now revealing new details about the events leading up to Komisarchik's death.