An employee at a ritzy, 29-story condominium tower in Manhattan stumbled across a gruesome sight.
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The building employee found a woman stuffed in a trash compactor in the complex at about 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to the New York Police Department.
A resident of the building, the woman, 48, was unconscious and unresponsive, police said, and pronounced dead at the scene. Police did not release her identity.
Investigators have recovered surveillance video showing a woman leaving her purse in an elevator and walking off, the NYPD said. The woman went out of view before she reached the trash compactor.
There is no immediate criminality, the NYPD said, because no one else is seen on the video.
The building, Zeckendorf Towers, is located at 1 Irving Place next to Union Square in Lower Manhattan.
The building rents studios for about $3,000 a month, according to Street Easy, while the cheapest unit on sale is a studio for $995,000. A two-bedroom, two-bath condo costs $3.25 million.