Maid stuck in billionaire’s lift is rescued after three days

[Update Below] An unidentified woman was rescued Monday morning after being trapped in the elevator at an Upper East Side townhouse since Friday, according to the FDNY and multiple reports.

An employee of a U.S. billionaire's family spent the weekend stuck in the lift of the family's NY townhouse before she was rescued yesterday.

In a statement through Stephens' investment banking firm on Monday, the family called Fortaliza "a valued member of the Stephens' extended family for 18 years". She entered the elevator on Friday evening and got stuck.

"She says they treat her very good".

Housekeeper Marites Fortaliza spent the weekend in the elevator at the Manhattan townhouse owned by United States investment banker Warren Stephens. The family were away for the weekend and nobody else was at home.

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The home belongs to billionaire Warren A. Stephens and his wife, Harriet Stephens. The Forbes magazine one of the entrepreneurs in 2018, with assets of approximately 2.7 billion dollars (2.4 billion euros) to the 400 richest Americans.

The cause of the elevator mishap is under investigation.

CBS New York reported that the elevator had undergone an inspection in July 2018 with no apparent code violations.

After over 60 hours inside the elevator, 53-year-old Marites Fortaliza was finally released when someone finally heard her calls for help and dialled 911.

The notice given by the Department of Buildings inspector is also the second violation filed against the building while the Stephens family have lived there, with the first coming in 2008 according to public records.

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