Woman Found Dead In Lift 30 Days After It Was Turned Off By Engineers In China

The body of a woman has been found in a lift 30 days after it was wrongly switched off by maintenance engineers in the Chinese city of Xi'an.

Police are treating her death as involuntary manslaughter and have arrested a number of people.

The elevator in the residential building was turned off on 30 January and was not opened again until 1 March when the grim discovery was made.

A general view of the Chinese city of Xi'an

Local media reports there were scratches on the walls of the lift.

Another resident said: "The scene was inhumane. We think she starved to death in there."

It is thought the customary Lunar New Year festivities in February in which many people travel back from cities to visit their families could have contributed to no-one noticing the trapped victim.

There were two lifts in the building so residents who were there may have simply ignored the broken one.

The dead woman is believed to have been 43-years-old.