Tampa, FL – Over the weekend, there were reports on the the body of 31-year-old Chad Wolfe being found at the bottom an elevator shaft at the Tampa International Airport. Early reports were lite on the details, simply stating maintenance workers discovered Wolfe’s body Friday morning as they were checking on a malfunctioning elevator.
On Sunday, some more details were released, and the circumstances surrounding Wolfe’s death are just…odd. Chad and his girlfriend of 10 years flew out of Pittsburgh Thursday night and arrived in Tampa shortly before midnight. According to his girlfriend, Chad had one drink and a Xanax during the flight.
They were in town to meet friends in Central Florida, then driving a rental car to Daytona for Bike Week. According to Chad’s girlfriend, she told him to wait on the main concourse while she retrieved her luggage from baggage claim. When she returned, Chad was gone. She alerted airport police after she was unable to locate him.
The following morning, maintenance workers restoring service to a malfunctioning elevator found Chad’s body at the bottom of the shaft. Airport officials say Chad pried open the elevator doors before walking in and falling to his death. What’s odd about this is that the car rental area was adjacent to baggage claim, but Chad’s carry-on bag was found on the seventh floor - which is a short-term parking lot.
So for some reason, Chad left his girlfriend at baggage claims and took an elevator up to the seventh floor. He then got out, and fell down the elevator shaft adjacent the one he had taken. Like I said, kind of strange.
His family say they do not believe Wolfe had the strength to pry open the elevator doors, and that he would not have committed suicide. Investigators say there’s no signs of foul play, but they are still trying to determine how he got into the shaft.