Elderly man stuck in elevator for almost a month found dead

Isaak Komisarchik

Isaak Komisarchik

The elevator's emergency button was pushed twice.

Investigators were trying to determine why the emergency button did not work.

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

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.

Managers of the Woodstream Village apartment complex did not answer most of 9NEWS' questions on Thursday, instead opting for a statement. The company said they are now investigating the incident with local authorities.

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. Pixley said it's hard to determine a cause of death when a body is badly decomposed. Leading up to the gruesome discovery, residents complained of a foul stench. Andrews declined to comment about the complaints. She added that Komisarchik would sometimes get disoriented.

John White, the spokesman for Denver police, said the elevator "wasn't inoperable".

The remains of an elderly man have been found inside an elevator in Colorado, where authorities believe he'd been trapped for a month.

Isaak Komisarchik had been missing since July 5.

When Komisarchik was first reported missing, Denver firefighters (pictured) searched five ponds near Woodstream in an attempt to find him.

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. The fire department reportedly never received an emergency call from inside the broken elevator.

Elevators are regularly inspected by the fire department.

Tenants say the elevator wasn't working and that few people parked in the garage during summer months.

Police in Denver are now working to learn why Komisarchik wasn't able to escape the elevator and why authorities weren't notified of the emergency call. Elevator maintenance workers had just found Komisarchik's body inside the auto, Pixley told the Post.

Almost a month later, a Denver fire lieutenant was inspecting an apartment complex adjacent to Woodstream that is also managed by Greystar when the maintenance manager received a call from elevator fix staff saying they thought there was a body in the elevator.

When a Denver firefighter responded, the elevator doors were open.

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