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No answers for family of TIA elevator victim

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    As investigators try to figure out the bizarre circumstances surrounding 31-year-old Chad Wolfe's death, his family is struggling to cope with the sudden loss. His grandmother Grace Wolfe spoke about
    As investigators try to figure out the bizarre circumstances surrounding 31-year-old Chad Wolfe's death, his family is struggling to cope with the sudden loss.
TAMPA (FOX 13) -

The family of a man found dead inside an elevator shaft at Tampa International Airport says they have received no answers from airport police officials.

FOX 13 spoke to Chad Wolfe's father Garland Wolfe, who lives in Pennsylvania. He says the airport's VP of Operations called him Monday to offer condolences, but no explanation. Wolfe says he was only told his son's death is under investigation.

"I would just like them to tell me what happened and they're not going to because either they know and they're covering it up, or they don't know," Garland Wolfe said. "I think they know and they don't know what to say. They're just keeping quiet about it."

Wolfe believes an elevator malfunction caused his 31-year-old son to fall to his death.

"I think it was just mechanical failure on the elevator and that's exactly what happened," he said. "Apparently, the door opened. He stepped into it and that was that ... It just wasn't there."

Garland Wolfe says, initially, Tampa International Airport police suggested to him Chad possibly pried the elevator doors apart himself. Monday, airport spokesperson Janet Zink told FOX 13 that that scenario is part of the ongoing investigation.

But an elevator servicing company told FOX 13 it is practically impossible for an individual to pry open a normally functioning elevator with their bare hands without a special key.

Wolfe says his son would've never purposely harmed himself.  

"I could sit in the corner and cry, but it won't do him any good. The only thing I can do is push people and get to the bottom of what happened," said Wolfe.

Wolfe owns an auto body repair business. His son worked alongside him at the shop.  

"He always said when he was getting married I was going to be his best man. We were very close," said Wolfe. "My life is over with his."

According to the airport, surveillance cameras don't provide any clues because they don't point toward the elevators on the 7th floor Armstrong elevators, where Chad's luggage was found.

Chad and his girlfriend Jessica Price flew into TIA early Friday morning. They had planned to visit Bike Week in Daytona.

According to Chad's father, Price had gone to baggage claim while Chad got on the elevator to check out the view from the parking garage and smoke a cigarette. Garland Wolfe says wherever they went, Chad always liked to take in the view from high heights.

Zink says airport investigators are awaiting autopsy results from the medical examiner.

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