Tragic footage shows the final moments of a recruiter who was found dead at the bottom of a garbage chute in the basement of a luxury apartment building in Manhattan.
Missing woman Jaclyn Elmquist, originally Minnesota, was seen stumbling along West 28th Street hours before her body was discovered at the apartment complex.
The 24-year-old legal recruiter disappeared following a work party, sparking a frenzied search by her loved ones who plastered the area with missing persons photos.
But on Saturday afternoon their worst fears were realized when cops confirmed Elmquist’s identity.
Police currently do not suspect any foul play in the death and said it appeared as though she had died as a result of falling down the trash chute.
The body of missing woman Jaclyn Elmquist was discovered in the trash chute of a Manhattan apartment complex on Friday
Elmquist vanished following a work party according to family and failed to show at her office the next day
The 24-year-old was found ‘unconscious and unresponsive’ in the basement of 540 West 28th Street
Cops said preliminary inquiries suggested Elmquist fell to her death down the trash chute
The footage shows Elmquist staggering down the Chelsea street at around 11.45pm on Thursday night.
NBC news reports that she was spotted trying doors along the street before ending up at the building at number 540, known as the +art complex.
Missing posters indicated that Elmquist was last seen getting into a yellow cab outside the trendy Catch Steakhouse in Manhattan.
Alarm bells began to sound after she never returned to her Brooklyn home or showed up for work.
Family tracked her phone to 184 11th Street before they lost the signal. Elmquist’s body was discovered at the apartment building just a few blocks away.
Cops were called to the complex at around 2.40pm following a report of someone hurt in the area.
A spokesman for NYPD said on Saturday: ‘A 24-year-old woman was found unconscious and unresponsive in a garbage compactor at the bottom a trash chute at 540 West 28th Street.
‘EMS responded and pronounced her dead at the scene. Preliminary investigations suggest she died having fallen down the garbage chute. No criminality is suspected at this time.
Police have yet to release the cause of death but said no foul play is suspected
The grim discovery has rocked residents of the luxury development, where they average home sells for $1.5 million
Elmquist, a recruiter, vanished following a work party and was last seen being put into a cab at Catch Steakhouse
Panicked family put up missing persons posters in the area after Elmquist failed to show up to work
‘The medical examiner will confirm an exact cause of death. At this time the investigation remains ongoing.’
Police were seen swarming the scene for hours following the grisly discovery.
Sources told the New York Post the body was discovered with evidence of trauma to the body and head.
The outlet reported that a resident had been told a maintenance man had discovered the body whilst taking out the trash.
‘It’s terrible. Man, I feel awful for that person,’ he said.
It is not yet known exactly how long she had been in the basement before being discovered.
The 13 story +art building sits just one block away from the High Line Park. The complex has 90 units, with the average price of property almost $1.5 million, according to StreetEasy.
The exact cause and circumstances of Elmquist’s death are yet to be released.