Woman found dead at bottom of trash chute inside Chelsea apartment building

WABC logo
Sunday, December 3, 2023
Woman found dead at bottom of trash chute in apartment building
Josh Einiger has more on the police investigation.

CHELSEA, Manhattan (WABC) -- An investigation is underway after a woman was found dead at the bottom of a trash chute inside an apartment building in Chelsea on Friday.

Police responded to 540 W. 28th Street around 2:40 p.m. after a building worker found the woman in the trash compactor area of the basement.

When officers arrived, they found the victim, a young woman, unconscious and unresponsive, according to police sources.

Police identified the victim as 24-year-old Jaclyn Elmquist.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

They believe the Elmquist somehow fell down the trash chute to her death.

The Medical Examiner's Office will determine the exact cause of death.

The victim did not live in the building, and it's unclear how she got into it in the first place.

"Definitely wouldn't expect that at all. We have great security in the building, our doors are always locked, we have lots of cameras, just honestly upsetting to hear that happened," one resident said.

No criminality is suspected at this time. The investigation is ongoing.


* Get Eyewitness News Delivered

* More Manhattan news

* Send us a news tip

* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts

* Follow us on YouTube

Submit a tip or story idea to Eyewitness News

Have a breaking news tip or an idea for a story we should cover? Send it to Eyewitness News using the form below. If attaching a video or photo, terms of use apply.