DENVER, CO — An 82-year-old man died inside a parking garage elevator after he got stuck inside and no one answered his calls for help.

Isaak Komisarchik, who suffers from dementia, was reported missing after he was last seen wearing pajamas at 2:30 p.m. July 5 at a nearby nursing facility.

Search crews posted missing person posters as they looked for the man, and Denver firefighters ended up searching five nearby ponds.

It would be almost a month later before anyone learned Komisarchik’s fate, and it was quite horrific.

Turns out that Komisarchik had wandered nearly a mile away to the Woodstream Village apartments, where he got inside an elevator attached to a parking garage that had been closed for renovations.

For reasons unknown at this time, the man was unable to get out. During an 8-minute period, the poor guy twice used the elevator’s emergency call button, but no help came.

“The pushing of the call button did trigger a notification to the elevator management company, MEI Total Elevator Solutions. The elevator management company then notified the apartment managers, Greystar Management Services,” police spokesman Doug Schepman said.

For reasons inexplicable reason, staff at the Woodstream Village apartments checked two elevators but not the elevator Komisarchik was stuck in.

It wasn’t until almost a month later, despite residents complaining about a foul odor emanating from the area, that Komisarchik’s badly decomposed body was found by elevator maintenance workers.

Komisarchik’s autopsy has been completed, but his cause of death is still undetermined because of how badly his body had decomposed before it was found. Investigators are looking into why the elevator was not checked despite Komisarchik using the help button.

“The elevator wasn’t inoperable,” said John White, spokesman for Denver police.

Greystar Management Services is refusing to answer questions from reporters, which is smart, but released the following statement:

“We are saddened by the tragic loss of life and extend our deepest condolences to Mr. Komisarchik’s family and friends. The elevator cab where he was found is located in a parking garage that is under renovation construction and not currently in active use. We are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident with the local authorities.”

Between this story and the missing woman found rotting on a roof, I think the day I have to start wearing a diaper is the day I outfit myself with a GPS implant.

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