Nursing Home Resident Allegedly Kidnapped by Family Member

According to  Police, at approximately 5:30 Wednesday night, officers responded to a call from a man who claimed his 85-year-old mother had been kidnapped from her nursing home.   When officers arrived, he explained that nursing home employees had notified him that they were unable to find the woman in the nursing home. 

Reportedly, the man stated that his female cousin may have abducted his mother from the nursing home although she had been instructed by him not to visit the missing woman while she was rehabilitating from hip fractures.  The man said that his mother’s physician had requested no visitations due to her fragile health.

Police further reported that upon speaking with nursing home staff, the missing woman had not been checked out of the facility but yet they could not find her in the nursing home.  One employee noted seeing a woman she recognized as the woman’s niece, along with two other people described only as a middle aged man and woman, loading the missing resident into a truck that was in the nursing home’s parking lot around 3:30pm that day.

Police contacted the husband of  residents ’s niece by phone and questioned him about his wife possibly being involved in the disappearance of the resident.  He told police that she was going to the facility to visit her aunt, but that he did not know when she would be back, possibly Thursday or Friday. He also said he knew she was traveling with friends in the friends car, and that he had no way of contacting his wife during the trip.  Officers told the man that they felt it unusual that his wife would go on a trip four hours away and that he did not have any details of the trip.   The man was then instructed to call Police immediately when he had any contact from his wife. 

On Thursday morning,  Police received information that the was no longer considered to be endangered.  No arrests were made; however, a further investigation is pending.For more, read the story.

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Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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