48-year-old Lara Prychodko was last seen alive on the surveillance footage of her Manhattan apartment building just after 4pm on Tuesday evening. The divorcing mother of one appeared to be stumbling around the hallways and eventually entering the trash room on the 27th floor.
She never came out.
Via NY Post:
"It is not known how she managed to get into the chute. But about 30 minutes after she was seen on video, a maintenance man found her body “crushed from multiple angles” in the compactor, according to police.
The only other clue about her fate was her purse, which was found abandoned back up on the building’s 27th floor, sources said.
Cops do not suspect foul play, as the woman was alone when she was seen on video staggering from the elevator.
Prychodko had moved to the building at 1 Irving Place about two years ago, after splitting from her husband of 13 years, David Christopher Schlachet, who owns a Manhattan construction company called Taocon, Inc.
She had worked for about 10 years as a marketing manager for WebMD until 2013, according to her LinkedIn page
She filed for divorce from Schlachet in 2014, and the legal battle between the two was still not resolved, according to court records.
The couple had been married in 2003 in Prychodko’s native Canada, according to a New York Times wedding announcement. They have a son who is about 11 years old, neighbors said.
Schlachet said “we have no comment at this time,” when reached by The Post via phone.
"A source at an apartment in Chelsea where the couple once lived said he saw the son and father Tuesday morning, hours before police confirmed the victim’s identity, and they were “acting normally.”
“He wasn’t like sad or anything.”
At least two residents of the Chelsea building said she appeared to have a drinking problem, as they regularly saw her stumbling drunk when she used to live there.
“She would come home drunk. Like, she couldn’t walk. I don’t remember a specific time, but I remember many times [more than once a week] . . . this was about three years ago,” one source said.
Residents of the Union Square building where the woman lived said she had only lived there for a short time and was not well known.
“It’s just crazy. The building sent out an e-mail saying not to use the [trash] chute . . . What a terrible, terrible way to go,” said a resident of the building, which had previously earned infamy as the address where Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin lived with her disgraced perv hubby Anthony Weiner."
This was indeed a horrible way to go.