Sunday, 3 January 2021

New York City woman, 34, is found dead in garbage chute at Staten Island apartment building

 A New York City woman has been found dead in the garbage chute of a Staten Island apartment building. 

The 34-year-old woman identified as Lisa Maria Hernandez, was found by police and firefighters in the Silver Lake Apartment building around 2:30pm on Friday. 

Emergency services were called to the building after a resident who lives on the third floor of the building found the woman's body after they had been told about it by a neighbor.  


Authorities were called to 937 Victory Boulevard just before 2:30pm on Friday after a woman's body was found in a Staten Island building trash chute

Authorities were called to 937 Victory Boulevard just before 2:30pm on Friday after a woman's body was found in a Staten Island building trash chute

It happened at the Silver Lake Apartment building on New York's Staten Island

It happened at the Silver Lake Apartment building on New York's Staten Island

EMS rushed the woman to Richmond Hospital but she could not be saved

EMS rushed the woman to Richmond Hospital but she could not be saved

'I said, "Listen, you've got to call the cops on this one. This is a dead woman,' he said. The woman, who he didn't recognize, was fully clothed, and appeared to have trauma on her face", he said to the New York Daily News.

'Her head was sticking out, and her arms were sticking out,' he said. 'It's very vivid.' 

Firefighters managed to remove Hernandez from the chute and took her to Richmond University Medical Center but she was unable to be saved. 

Police canvassed residents on Friday night showing a picture of the woman to see if anyone was able to help determine how she ended up in the chute and where foul play was involved.  

Fire department sources said the woman was found feet-first down the chute

Fire department sources said the woman was found feet-first down the chute

The NYPD are conducting an investigation in an attempt to determine how the woman died

The NYPD are conducting an investigation in an attempt to determine how the woman died

Fire crews were called to the building after a resident in the block found the lady in the chute

Fire crews were called to the building after a resident in the block found the lady in the chute

The man who called the police expressed doubt that Hernandez would have fallen into the chute on her own.

'You'd have to be a contortionist,' he said.

'I've been in this building for 20 years now, and never ever ever seen this,' the man said. 'The floor that I live on in the whole entire complex is probably the most quiet floor, so that's why we're shocked. Everybody here is shocked.'

An NYPD spokeswoman said the circumstances surrounding the Hernandez's death are now under investigation. 

Several fire engines appeared on the scene in an attempt to rescue the woman

Several fire engines appeared on the scene in an attempt to rescue the woman

Residents of the building were shown a photograph of the woman to see if anyone knew of her

Residents of the building were shown a photograph of the woman to see if anyone knew of her

Fire crews are pictured loading the woman's body in to the back of an ambulance

Fire crews are pictured loading the woman's body in to the back of an ambulance 

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