Woman found dead inside trash chute of luxury Manhattan apartment

NEW YORK, NY – A father from Minnesota mourns the loss of his 24-year-old daughter, whose body was found at the bottom of a trash chute in a luxury Manhattan residence. He marks the incident as a tragedy that has left the family in grief.

The young woman, identified as Jaclyn “Jackie” Elmquist, was found inside the garbage chute at +Art, a high-end residential building in Chelsea, NY, on a recent Friday afternoon. She had reportedly disappeared several hours after attending a work function, according to investigating officers.

“We’re going through Jackie’s things now” shared a visibly upset James Elmquist, Jackie’s father, outside her Brooklyn apartment on Sunday. Overwhelmed with sadness, he struggled to form words to describe the despair of the situation.

Authorities are presuming Jackie’s descent down the trash chute was accidental, with no immediate suspicions of malicious intent. Surveillance footage from the building showed Jackie appearing unstable prior to her entrance into the high-rise, prompting the speculation that intoxication may have played a role.

“It hasn’t been determined if she was intoxicated but it’s a possibility,” a law enforcement official stated. Elmquist was employed with Mission Staffing, a New York employment agency which had hosted a corporate gathering on the evening of her disappearance, as mentioned by a relative online. The investigation remains underway to ascertain why Elmquist may have entered the unfamiliar premises.

The city Medical Examiner’s office is expected to conduct an autopsy, which should provide more details regarding her cause and manner of death.