Miss­ing se­nior’s body found 4 weeks later

Ottawa Sun - - NEWS - — The Washington Post

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

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