Woman trapped in St. Louis jail stairwell for more than 2 days

Jail cells in a city facility located in the southern United States.
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By NewsRadio 1120 KMOX

ST. LOUIS (KMOX/AP) — Authorities say a woman was trapped in a St. Louis jail stairwell for more than two days after not understanding how to get out of the building.

St. Louis Corrections Commissioner Dale Glass said the woman didn't appear to be suffering when she was found and refused to go to a hospital.

Glass told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the woman was leaving the St. Louis Justice Center on June 5 after being arrested, but she didn't follow instructions correctly on how to exit the building. She got off the elevator on the wrong floor, then walked into stairwell that was reportedly marked with warnings. When she went through a fire exit door, which caused all doors on all floors to lock.

Although the woman made noises, staff couldn't find her because she moved from floor to floor. They didn't search the fire stairs.

Staff finally saw her on June 7 looking through a window of one of the doors.

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