got forensic evidence pointing toward a tragic accident. There is no
evidence of foul play whatsoever. Underscore that, bold it and print it
with an exclamation point," said the inspector.
Naturally, Krimsky was soon removed from the case by the SFPD and replaced with a "task force" led by a homicide investigator. All further media inquiries were directed to the Public Information Office -- who, while pleasant, did not answer any questions. Nothing more was said of the case -- until now.
The report theorizes that Kliman may have pried his way out of the elevator's inner door with a purple pen found clutched in his left hand (this "was possible") notes the report, written by investigator Graham Cowley.
Assistant Medical Examiner Dr. Ellen Moffatt, writing in a March 11 communique included within the report, notes "In a previous discussion with SFPD Lt. Spillane, OSHA [the state Occupational Safety and Health Administration] found that the latch keeping the elevator door closed was faulty."
Writing again on March 16, Moffatt added this telling paragraph:
Spoke with Jennifer Stafford of the OSHA Elevator Unit who states that the report is not yet done, but that so far multiple defects were found with the functioning of the door, and one of these defects involved the latch mechanism of the door to keep the inner door closed. When the inner door was forced open, then the outer door could be easily opened.The elevator, according to their investigation, was stuck between the fourth and fifth floors.
Because of the age of the elevator, there is no way to determine why the elevator became stuck (there are no computer chips or memory etc.) She is also pursuing violations concerning not checking the elevator shaft before attempting to operate the elevator, not only because Mr. Kliman may have been found sooner (or perhaps injured further by the elevator) but because someone else who may have been in the shaft later to repair the elevator may have been injured.