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Body Found in Elevator Shaft After 6 Months

The man's decomposed body was found in an elevator shaft, like the one above in the Ostankino television tower.

The body of a man was found in the elevator shaft of a partially built high-rise apartment building in western Moscow around six months after he died.

The gruesome discovery was made Thursday evening at the building at 2 Ulitsa Tvardovskogo, located between the Strogino metro station and the Moscow Ring Road, Interfax reported.

The damage to the body suggested that the man had died after falling from a significant height, but the remains are so decomposed that it will be difficult to make an identification, the report said, citing a unidentified law enforcement official.

The official said the man was 30 to 45 years old and appeared to have died last autumn.

Police have opened an investigation and are checking the payroll records of the construction company responsible for the building, City 21, to see if the dead man might have been one of its employees, Komsomolskaya Pravda reported on its website.

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