Nursing Home Resident Found Dead Just Outside of Nursing Home

Police  are investigating the death of a  95-year-old woman who was found dead outside the assisted living facility where she resided.

Police say the woman was last seen by staff at about 11:30 Monday night. Police were called three hours later. They did a quick search of the premises and checked out the facility's security video. It showed the woman in her wheelchair heading out the main door around 11:45 p.m. Nearly four hours after she disappeared, staff members found the woman's body lying a hundred yards away in a neighboring  garden.

"One of the wheels of the wheelchair was off the main path," said the Police Sergeant. "The deceased was on her back a few feet away from the wheelchair."

The CEO of the facility, says this has never happened in the 26 years the facility has offered care and they are cooperating fully with authorities. He said that the resident did not have a history of wandering away from the Center. However, according to the police report the resident was found in another wing of the care center earlier that evening and had to be escorted back to her room.

The woman's a cause of death has yet to be determined. 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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