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Cops investigating after man found dead in NYC freight elevator

Cops investigating after man found dead in NYC freight elevator

A 28-year-old man was found dead in a Chinatown freight elevator Saturday afternoon, police and sources said.

The victim was discovered inside the elevator shaft at 109 Lafayette St., near Canal Street, around 1:45 p.m., and first responders used a circular saw to cut through a shared wall in Popeye’s Louisiana Chicken in the same building to extract the corpse, police said.

The body was found wedged between the elevator car on the second floor and the wall of the elevator shaft, a law enforcement source said.

The body in a bag after it was extracted from the elevator shaft.
The body in a bag after it was extracted from the elevator shaft.
William Farrington for NY Post

Damage from the man’s possible fall was done to the “housing on the roof where the engine of the elevator” is located and that an elevator repairman was called, the source added.

Cops were still probing the circumstances behind the death late Saturday afternoon. “It’s still early in the investigation,” an NYPD spokeswoman said.

The building in Manhattan where the body was found in an elevator shaft.
The building in Manhattan where the body was found in an elevator shaft.
William Farrington for NY Post
A hole had to be cut in a wall in a Popeye's restaurant to remove the body.
A hole had to be cut in a wall in a Popeye’s restaurant to remove the body.
William Farrington for NY Post

Margaret Nicoll, 61, was planning to go to her favorite Popeye’s for lunch when she discovered the ghoulish crime scene.

“Holy sh-t,” the Bronx woman told The Post. “I eat here every day. I have my mashed potatoes and two biscuits and I have my meat here.”

“A body trapped in an elevator? Unbelievable!” she added.

Additional reporting by William Farrington

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