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No charges after man's decomposing body found in Denver elevator

Posted at 7:58 PM, Nov 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-06 22:12:42-05

DENVER -- There will be no charges in the death of a Denver man trapped in an elevator and decomposing for weeks.

Issack Komisarchik, 82, was an early-onset dementia patient and was last seen July 5, 2017.

The next day, he walked into a Woodstream Village Apartment elevator and got stuck. Records show Komisarchik pushed the elevator's emergency button twice, but no one came to his aid.

The elevator company, M-E-I Total Elevator Solutions, told police it got that alert and told apartment managers.

The employee who took that call told police she checked a different set of elevators, but she never checked the elevator Komisarchik was stuck in.

That elevator had been taken out of service because of construction.

Days later, one of the construction workers reported the elevator alarm going off to an apartment employee, but the employee said the alarm had been going off for a week.

But the apartment's community manager told police she never heard an elevator alarm or any reports of it going off.

Neighbors and construction crews reported unbearable smells, but apartment maintenance crews could never locate the source.

Apartment workers told residents the smells could be coming from other sources during the hot summer days.