Missing senior’s body found 4 weeks later
On the afternoon of July 5, Isaak Komisarchik, 82, was seen in a Denver nursing home, wearing pajama pants and a gray and white striped shirt. He walked to his mailbox and stopped by the office to pick up a few things, his daughter said.
Then, his daughter told a local television station, “he just disappeared.”
Days went by with no one seeing or hearing from the elderly man, who had begun showing signs of dementia and would become “disoriented at times,” his daughter told KUSA.
Weeks went by, and authorities couldn’t find him. Then, several residents of a nearby apartment building — less than a mile from the nursing facility where Komisarchik was last seen — began complaining about a stench coming from the building’s parking garage.
On Aug. 2, nearly a month after he went missing, maintenance workers reported a gruesome discovery: a decomposed body in an elevator in the parking garage. It was Komisarchik.
Authorities say on or before July 6, it appears Komisarchik stepped inside the elevator. Unable to get out, he pushed the emergency button twice in eight minutes.
In response to the alarm, apartment workers checked two of the elevators, but not a third one where Komisarchik’s body was found, because the area was under renovation and that elevator was supposedly not in use.
KOMISARCHIK Died in elevator