Lara Prychenko, 48, was found dead on Tuesday afternoon, stuffed in a trash compactor at a 29-story condominium tower in Manhattan. Her death is a mystery, and the story quickly gained attention because Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin owned an apartment there. Here’s what we know so far about Prychenko and what happened.
1. Lara Prychenko Was a Resident of the Zeckendorf Towers, Where an Employee Found Her Body
48 year old woman’s body found in trash compactor here at Zeckendorf Towers off Union Square. Police have been here all night. No ID in person yet or how she died. #1010wins pic.twitter.com/njiF3hFkOF
— glenn schuck (@glennschuck) July 11, 2018
A building employee found Lara Prychenko stuffed inside a trash compactor early on Tuesday night, ABC News reported. She was later identified by police as a resident of the Zeckendorf Towers. She was found unconscious and unresponsive, according to police, and pronounced dead at the scene. The building is at 1 Irving Place near Union Square.
Residents only found out something was wrong when they received a strange email from building management telling them not to use the trash chute, CBS New York reported.
Nicki Leitner told CBS New York: ““It’s scary. In fact, when I texted my boyfriend about this he told me to get out of the building cause he was worried, as was I. But it was so hush-hush.”
2. She Was Seen on Surveillance Video Entering the Trash Compactor Room Alone
Prychenko was seen on surveillance video entering the building’s trash compactor room alone, CBS New York reported. The surveillance video has not been released, but it showed her walking down the hallway like nothing was wrong, New York Daily News reported.
3. Prychenko Fell Down the Chute from the 27th Floor
Police say 48-year-old Lara Prychenko fell 20-stories down a trash chute in Zeckendorf Towers. https://t.co/9ymEuSojOI
— Gramercy Patch (@GramercyPatch) July 11, 2018
It’s not clear what happened, but a co-worker of the employee who found Prychenko told New York Daily News that she had fallen down the chute and “slid down like garbage.” The employee said that she fell all the way from the 27th floor. The building is 29 stories tall.
Her purse was founded by the building’s elevator.
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