On February 15, 2014 a 74 year-old dementia patient went missing from an assisted living facility in California. Police asked for the help of the public in locating the man. Approximately one week later the body of the man was discovered. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for patients with dementia to walk away from assisted living facilities. Often the result is tragic as it was in this case. California elder abuse attorneys remind the public to investigate assisted living facilities before allowing a family member to move in.
In this case the patient left the assisted living facility on Saturday, February 15 at about 3 p.m. He was not reported missing until 7 p.m. on Monday, February 17. When the man was reported missing, deputies searched the area around the facility. They were unable to locate the missing patient. California elder abuse attorneys wonder why it took two full days for the man to be reported missing.
On February 20 in the early morning hours, the body of a man matching the description of the missing patient was found. The body was located in an isolated area in California. On February 27, 2014 police informed the public that the body had been positively identified as that of the missing dementia patient. Details about the cause of death were not released. However, the police did say that foul play was not suspected. It is unclear how the patient traveled from the assisted living facility to the location where his body was discovered. California elder abuse attorneys are concerned any time a patient with dementia goes missing.
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