Nicholas Prychodko (pictured) calls the NYPD’s determination that his daughter’s death was the result of an accident or suicide ‘inconceivable’ and ‘preposterous’
The father of a New York City socialite who was found dead after police said she fell down a 27-story trash chute inside her luxury apartment building believes his daughter was the victim of foul play.
‘She was brutally murdered in a sadistic way. She would have never done this to herself,’ Nicholas Prychodko told the New York Post on Friday.
Lara Prychodko, 48, was found dead Tuesday evening in her building’s trash compactor in what police believe was a drunken accident.
But Nicholas Prychodko calls the NYPD’s determination ‘inconceivable’ and ‘preposterous,’ adding that the theory has left him ‘incredulous.’
‘She had no reason to go into that area. She had just gotten off the elevator.’
Investigators say that Prychodko was last seen alive on video surveillance at around 4.20pm, apparently intoxicated and stumbling around the 27th floor of the Zeckendorf Towers.
She was found ‘crushed from multiple angles’ thirty minutes later by the building’s maintenance man.
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Lara Prychodko was in the middle of a contentious divorce with her ex, construction executive David Schlachet, when she was found dead in her apartment building’s trash chute this week
Surveillance footage showed the 48-year-old staggered off the elevator on the 27th floor of her building Tuesday afternoon, shortly before she was found dead. It’s believed she fell down this trash chute
Nicholas Prychodko is currently in New York from his native Canada to claim Lara’s remains from the city examiner’s office.
He says he is in contact with police and ‘they have asked us not to talk about the details of what they know.’
‘I can’t get into the details of why circumstantially I’m convinced it wasn’t possible, because it’s part of an active investigation.’
NYPD spokesman Lt. John Grimpel said that ‘detectives are actively investigating her death,’ but noted that there ‘is no evidence at this time that she was murdered.’
Lara Prychodko was reportedly in the middle of a contentious divorce and had lost custody of her nine-year-old son at the time of her death.
She was also under court order to undergo regular drug and alcohol testing at the time of her death.
Prychodko had been living in this luxury building in Union Square for the past six months
Lara Prychodko’s ex, construction executive David Christopher Schlachet, filed for divorce in 2016 and the two were in mediation to divide up their properties – a home in the Hamptons and apartments in Chelsea and Williamsburg – when the 48-year-old died this week, according to her lawyer.
She also lost custody of her son and was required to undergo regular drug and alcohol testing as part of the settlement, her attorney Eric A. Seiff told the New York Post on Friday.
Attorney Eric A. Seiff (pictured) said his client believed her substance abuse issues were connected to a ‘growing brain tumor’
Prychodko had a 2012 conviction for driving while intoxicated and allegedly told her lawyer that she believed her addiction issues were brought on by a ‘growing brain tumor’.
‘I know she was absolutely convinced the pain and dependency she was experiencing that had her drinking was directly related to the growing brain tumor,’ Seiff said.
However, Seiff said that his client had passed all of her recent ‘professionally monitored’ drug tests and when he talked to her on Monday she seemed ‘upbeat’.
‘I have not been aware of a single test that she failed the last year. For the last six months [the tests] have been professionally supervised,’ Seiff said.
Seiff said that mediation between his client and her ex had been postponed for the past month, but wouldn’t elaborate as to why.
‘I’m kind of uncomfortable talking about the litigation, as difficult and contentious as it was,’ he said. ‘There is a young child, a father and an estranged husband who must be going through their own turmoil.’
Police are still investigating how Prychodko ended up in her building’s trash compactor.
Prychodko had lost custody of her son and was ordered to undergo regular drug and alcohol testing, according to her attorney
The chute is found inside the refuse closet in one of the floors of the luxury apartment building
Nicholas Prychodko (pictured) is currently in New York from his native Canada to claim Lara’s remains from the city examiner’s office
She is believed to have fallen down her floor’s trash chute, into the trash compactor, where a worker found her not long after.
Prychodko had been living in the building for just six months, due to her divorce.
The woman’s estranged husband is the co-founder of Taocon Inc, a construction company in New York.
The couple were regularly pictured on the Manhattan social circuit and in The Hamptons before they parted ways.
Their wedding was announced by The New York Times in 2003. They had one son, Talin, together.
David declined to comment when contacted by DailyMail.com on Wednesday evening.
People inside the building are at a loss over what may have happened.
‘It’s an unfortunate situation, there’s nothing else you can really say,’ one of the building’s doormen told DailyMail.com on Wednesday.
Residents of the building said they believed Prychodko had a drinking problem, as she was regularly seen under the influence of alcohol.
‘She would come home drunk,’ one source told the Post.
‘Like, she couldn’t walk. I don’t remember a specific time, but I remember many times [more than once a week] . . . this was about three years ago.’
Nicholas Prychodko has also dismissed the notion presented by police that his daughter’s death was the result of suicide.
‘In our family in Canada . . . nobody believes Lara could ever do anything like this to herself, either by accident or suicide,’ he said. ‘My daughter never spoke of suicide. She is a great believer in self-help.’
According to police sources, the woman’s purse was found near her body. Above, the scene on Tuesday night