Detroit. (FOX 2) - Detroit Police say around midnight Saturday morning a 21-year-old man was playing hide and seek with a group of friends in a vacant building, which caused his death.
When the 21-year-old went off to hide, police believe he likely fell through the elevator shaft on the 9th floor.
His friends couldn’t find him, so they left and came back in the morning to search the location. When re-entering the building, the friends found the guy’s body in the elevator shaft on the first floor, covered in debris.
“It’s really hard to keep people out that want to get in,” said John George, co-founder of Blight Busters.
George’s group of volunteers boards up houses and buildings. He says it’s not easy securing these places, especially The Packard Property, which is made up of 45-buildings and a total of 3.5 million square feet.
“The Packard Plant Sprawls for block after block after block,” George said. “I really don’t know what he could do to keep everyone out.”
When making this statement, George was referring to Peruvian developer who owns the property, Fernando Palzauelo.
While the property has plenty of “No Trespassing” signs, there are also a lot of unlocked, open doors.
“Seriously, these are construction sites, demo sites and really need to approach them with a great deal of caution,” said George.
While there are sometimes excitement and adrenaline rush, John says it’s not always a good idea to play in vacant locations.
“I would suggest to not only our suburban youth, but to the kids here locally go to businesses that have been renovated and open and enjoy,” said George.
Blight Busters is a non-profit that relies on volunteers. They meet every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. at Motor City Java House. If you would like to volunteer call 313-255-4355.