Airport Authority: Elevator doors 'compromised' in Chad Wolfe's death at Tampa International Airport

9:06 PM, Mar 20, 2013   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida-- The Airport Authority has released additional information about the death of 31-year-old Chad Wolfe, whose body was found in a Tampa International Airport elevator shaft last Friday morning. 

Latest updates given at a press conference Wednesday say a locking device on the elevator door leading to the shaft was "compromised". 

See also: Body of Chad Wolfe found in TIA elevator shaft

It appeared officials speaking at the conference used that word with caution, leaving the specifics on how those elevator doors opened that morning, undisclosed.

Officials said the doors were inspected back in January, and that there were no signs of any problems prior to Wolfe's death. They added that out of caution, all 215 doors at the airport have since been inspected, in case the doors did play a role in Wolfe's passing. 

The airport's police chief said Wolfe had apparently been drinking, and possibly taking Xanax before he arrived in Tampa, and added that Wolfe acted erratically on his flight from Pennsylvania to Tampa International Airport.  

Officials are awaiting toxicology reports, but maintained that there are no signs of foul play. 

The investigation now focuses on the elevator door, and how it became "compromised."

10 News will have more in this developing story. 

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