Woman found dead in trash compactor at building near Union Square, NYPD says

A woman was found dead inside her building’s trash compactor in a luxury high-rise building near Union Square on Tuesday, police said.

Lara Prychenko, 48, was found by a worker at the Zeckendorf Towers on East 15th Street, between Union Square East and Irving Place, shortly before 5 p.m., according to police.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

It wasn’t immediately clear how Prychenko died or how she ended up in the trash compactor, police said.

The investigation is ongoing.