Woman’s body found in elevator a month after power cut off

Posted at 9:23 AM, Mar 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-06 09:23:38-05
A 43-year-old woman was found dead in an elevator in China after possibly being trapped for a month, state media reported.

A maintenance crew was called to inspect a malfunctioning elevator in a residential building in the Gaoling district of Xi’an on January 30, the Beijing Youth Daily newspaper reported.

The elevator had stopped between the 10th and 11th floors, so workers yelled from the 11th floor to see if anyone was inside. They did not hear an answer, and then cut off the power supply.

When they returned on March 1 to fix it — after the Lunar New Year holiday — they discovered the body, according to state media.

The woman, who lived in the building, may have died more than 30 days ago.

Local authorities arrested and charged the building’s management and the elevator maintenance company.

An autopsy ruled out the possibility of homicide.