The body of an elderly Denver man was found in an elevator about a month after he was reported missing.
Despite pushing the emergency button twice on July 6, no one came to the aide of 82-year-old Isaak Komisarchik, reports The Denver Post.
Authorities only discovered Komisarchik's body on Aug. 2 after other residents at the Woodstream Village apartment complex complained of a foul odor coming from the parking garage elevator.
The last time he was seen, Komisarchik was wearing gray pajama pants and a striped shirt on July 5. He had demnetia.
"He actually walked to the mailbox to pick up the mail and to the office to get some things from there and then he just disappeared," recalls his daughter, Yelena, reports KUSA.
Authorities do not know when the man died, and the exact cause of death has not yet been determined.
Detectives are now investigating why no one responded to his pleas for help. When last inspected in December, the elevator was in working condition.
"The elevator wasn’t inoperable," said John White, spokesman for Denver police. "How he got in there and when he got in there is obviously what we’re trying to figure out."
MEI Total Elevator Solutions, the company in charge of monitoring the elevator, says the elevator was not in use because the garage area was being renovated at the time.
"[We are] continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident with the local authorities," said its spokeswoman, Lindsay Andrews. "We are saddened by the tragic loss of life and extend our deepest condolences to Mr. Komisarchik’s family and friends."
News of the elderly man's death has outraged many.
"Terrible," commented one person on the Daily Mail's Facebook page. "Nobody really cares for our elderly. So many reports of abuse and neglect. All who are in direct charge of elderly are overworked and they have too many residents to care for during their long shifts. The owners of facilities care about how to increase the bottom line. Poor care, poor employment practices, bigger bank accounts to the top."
'"Numerous" tenants had complained over the odor, yet it took THAT long to discover the poor man!" wrote another Daily Mail reader. "What a disgraceful job that apartment is doing. Similar event happened to a dear friend, he'd complained to apartment management for over a week over a very foul odor emanating from the unit adjacent to his. They kept brushing him off, not investigating. They FINALLY entered the unit to discover a dead woman."
"Disgraceful nobody sought to check," added another. "Shame on you."