ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – I absolutely cannot imagine the horror that struck an elderly couple in Georgia once they realized they were stuck in their home elevator with no way of alerting anyone.

The elevator was not equipped with a phone, their family lived out of state while neighbors respected their independent lifestyle and privacy. All 90-year-old Sherwood Wadsworth and his 89-year-old wife, Caroline, could hope for is that someone would notice the papers piling up outside and think to check on them.

Eventually someone did, but it was too late. By time firefighters broke into the elevator that had become stuck between the second and third floors of the couple’s home, they had been dead for several days.

A Times-Union newspaper carrier called 911 Wednesday morning after becoming concerned by the growing pile of newspapers outside, dating back to July 9.

An autopsy on the couple,  who were found lying side-by-side in the fetal position, has been scheduled to determine exact cause of death. Hopefully the couple were able to comfort each other in their last moments.

Had it been me stuck in an elevator with someone for four days, firefighters would have found me sucking the marrow from the bones of the person I killed within the first few hours of being trapped.

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