SANDUSKY -- A 50-year-old man remained hospitalized in critical condition last night as a result of being trapped under an organ in his apartment for up to 10 days, according to Sandusky police and people involved in the case.

On Wednesday afternoon, two men found Elex Pentorn Jr. trapped under an organ in his McDonough Street apartment, according to Sandusky police. It was unclear exactly how long Pentorn was trapped beneath the instrument, but mail in his mailbox dated back to April 2, building owner Mark Bertsch said.


On Wednesday, a tenant called Bertsch and said Pentorn's mail had been piling up in the building, Bertsch said. Bertsch forwarded the information to two of his employees, Jack Johnson of Market Street and Edward J. Ferback of Campbell Street, who went to check on Pentorn's apartment.

Johnson and Ferback used a master key to enter a back door in the apartment, said Johnson.

''When we walked through the house, it was all dark, you couldn't see anything,'' Johnson said.

The two walked around the apartment, and in the bedroom Johnson heard someone rapidly draw a breath.

Johnson said he immediately used his cellular telephone to call 911 while Ferback lifted the organ, estimated to weigh up to 200 pounds, off of Pentorn.

''You could see the (organ's indentation) across his stomach when they picked him up,'' Johnson said.

Sandusky firefighters and police responded to the scene to care for Pentorn

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