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Two maintenance workers face charges in the death of a woman whose corpse was discovered in an elevator in Xi'an, China, more than a month after the workers allegedly cut off the elevator’s power.

Authorities say the maintenance crew was called after the malfunctioning elevator stopped prematurely between the building's 10th and 11th floors.

They allege no one checked to see if anyone was inside the elevator before it was shut off on January 30. When a crew returned a month later, on March 1, for repairs, they found a female corpse.

The woman, whose name has not been released, was identified as a 43-year-old resident who was living by herself.

"Her hands were distorted … there were scratches on the wall, it was horrible," a building resident said, according to USA Today.

Authorities have called the tragedy a case of "gross negligence" and have placed the blame on the elevator maintenance crew.

The case has reportedly been classified as an involuntary manslaughter.

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