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Woman Stuck in Elevator for 3 Days

December 29, 2006

PARIS (AP) _ A 19-year-old woman who disappeared was found stuck in an elevator in a suburban Paris housing project for three days, the French press reported Friday.

The daily Le Figaro described the woman, identified only as Safiatou, as vulnerable because she had ``problems of confusion.″ It said she was found dehydrated but alive on Dec. 22.

According to newspaper and television accounts, Safiatou’s father had contacted the building concierge Dec. 19 to say his daughter could be stuck in a broken elevator. No alarm went off and the concierge and a repairman found no one when they checked, Le Figaro reported, citing a source close to the investigation.

The technician began repair work the following day. On Dec. 22, the repairman returned to complete the job and heard a soft cry, Le Figaro reported.

On Wednesday, the girl’s father, who had advised police of his daughter’s disappearance, filed a complaint for non-assistance to a person in danger _ a crime in France _ according to Le Figaro.

Several elevators in the housing project had recently been renovated but not the one in question, according to the news reports. They said that it was unclear why Safiatou did not cry out for help.

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