A 43-year-old woman from the Chinese city of Xian died in an elevator of her apartment building, after remaining trapped in it for more than a month.
Local authorities reported the woman was in the elevator when maintenance workers from Shaanxi Kaiwen Mechanical and Electrical Equipment Company shut off the power supply of the elevator on Jan. 30. They then left for a prolonged break for the Chinese New Year.
When they returned to work on March 1, the woman’s body was found trapped in the elevator, with terrible scratch marks on the lift walls that served as a testament to her plight.
Authorities looking into the incident deem the 43-year-old’s death a result of “gross negligence” by the elevator company.
It was the responsibility of workers on site to ensure no one was inside the lift before cutting off power supply and going off on holidays. Now two people heading the company have been taken into custody and will face charges of involuntary manslaughter, according to CCTV news.
It is rather surprising that the woman went missing for a month and nobody noticed it, or raised a red flag. Interestingly, the police have stated that the deceased woman had been suffering from some sort of mental illness after her divorce and had no visitors, so nobody noticed she had gone missing.