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Daughter Finds Father’s Body In Atlantic City Casino Parking Garage

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., (CBS) — A grieving family is demanding answers tonight — after their loved one died in the Borgata’s parking garage.

They say they gave authorities and the casino all the information they needed to try and save their father’s life.

The man’s body was found in his car at the garage off Huron Avenue in Atlantic City.

The last message Yana Zabavnik got from her father was a distress call.

“This is his last voicemail to me.  He said ‘Yana I’m having a stroke, call me back,’” she said.

Yana was at work when she tried calling back. Leon Zabavnik, a 60-year-old physical therapist from Fair Lawn, New Jersey wasn’t pick up.

That’s when she called 911, her mother, and her sister, then alerting police in Atlantic City and at Borgata.

Yana tracked her Dad’s iPhone to the Borgata casino parking garage.  She says she gave police that location, the year, make, model and license plate of her dad’s car.

“We were waiting for them to find him because he was having a stroke.  Borgata personnel already scanned every level and that they were doing everything that they could to find him.  And I trusted that,” she said.

After more than 24 hours and no word from police or her father, his phone now going to voicemail. Yana drove from Vermont where she lives to the Borgata garage with a friend. She found her father where his iPhone said he was, but it was too late.

“Arriving at the parking lot, I find him under a minute. It was like there, that’s the car, that’s it,” she said.

The Zabavnik family claims that the police department told them they were actively looking for their father. The Atlantic City Police Department has not returned our calls. Meanwhile the Borgata has chosen not to comment citing security concerns.

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