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Family and police searching for answers in woman's death


Eau Claire (WQOW) - Family members and police are searching for answers in connection with the death of a woman who wandered away from an assisted living facility.

82-year-old Miriam Robertson walked out of the Milestone Senior Living facility on Eau Claire's west side around ten o'clock Wednesday night. The facility called police, and a search was started with the Eau Claire police and county sheriff's department, the Dunn County bloodhound, and the Wisconsin State Patrol's search plane. Her body was found by police six hours later by police about half a block from the facility.

Robertson's son said she had dementia and was non-communicative, but she was very active, always walking, and had a history of wandering away. He says that's why the family moved her to Milestone, a secure facility. The family says she wore a wrist alarm that was supposed to sound if she opened an exit door. Her son questions if the band failed or if someone turned the alarm off without checking.

The family says the autopsy shows she died of hypothermia. The temps were in the teens that night. She wasn't dressed for the conditions.

Milestone Senior Living says they are conducting an internal investigation and are working with police to get answers. Police detectives are investigating.


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