Woman Trapped In Stairwell For More Than 2 Days


A St. Louis woman has been rescued more than two days after she ventured out on a hike in a secluded area, along a steep, rugged terrain. Or, as most people call it, a stairwell.

The unidentified woman had just been released from jail at the St. Louis Justice Center when she walked through a fire door leading to a stairwell, corrections officials say. Unfortunately, opening a fire door causes all the doors to lock, trapping her inside the stairwell. Over the next two days she kept calling for help, but every time a worker opened a door the woman had gone to another floor, Commissioner Dale Glass says.

Two-and-a-half days later a staff member caught a glimpse of the woman looking through one of the door's small windows. After being set free, the woman refused medical treatment, saying she just wanted to go home, the commissioner says. Could the staff have been messing with this woman? Should the department's security be looked into if someone can roam the stairwell undetected for two-and-a-half days?



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