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Woman's death ruled accidental

November 26, 2002

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Police and state medical officials have ruled that a woman who was found dead in a local nursing home last week was the victim of an accidental death.

Police said the 78-year-old woman, who had been a resident of the Blue Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Center since 2000, was found hanged by her neck in a bathroom at the nursing home.

The woman was hanged from a shower head extension on a bathroom at the nursing home, said Charles Town Police Chief Mike Aldridge.

Aldridge said the woman, who Aldridge said was in the final stages of Alzheimer's disease and who had poor eyesight, may have tripped in the bathroom and became tangled in the shower hose.

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State Medical Examiner Jack Frost ruled that the woman died as a result of asphyxiation, Aldridge said.

Blue Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Center, which is located along W.Va. 115 east of Charles Town near the entrance to the Charles Town Bypass, was formerly called IHS Nursing Home.

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