Missing woman's body found

Sunday, July 5, 2009 1:49 PM
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The body of a missing 85-year-old woman suffering from Alzheimer’s and diabetes was found just before noon today.

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Elizabeth Bert

Richmond County Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen said that searchers found the body of Elizabeth Bert at 11:55 a.m. in the 2000 block of Clarkston Drive, more than two miles from the House of Life Personal Care Home at 3524 Wrightsboro Road, where she wandered away Thursday morning.

The woman’s body was found in a wooded area about 50 to 75 yards from the street. She was pronounced dead at 12:15 p.m.

After talking to witnesses who had seen the woman in the area, searchers began conducting a grid search until the body was found. An autopsy is scheduled at the Augusta GBI lab on Monday.

Mr. Bowen said that the coroner’s office does not believe foul play was involved in the woman’s death.

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BakersfieldCityLimits
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BakersfieldCityLimits 07/05/09 - 10:42 am
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I've got an idea. Tell the

I've got an idea. Tell the people at the personal care home that they don't get to cash anymore SSI checks until they find this poor woman.

charliemanson
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charliemanson 07/05/09 - 01:48 pm
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This woman has been found

This woman has been found dead. My sympathies goes out to the family.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 07/05/09 - 01:57 pm
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Poor soul, may she rest in

Poor soul, may she rest in peace. Our sympathy to her grieving family who must have been worried sick.

SCGAL53
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SCGAL53 07/05/09 - 02:01 pm
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I'm so very sorry.

I'm so very sorry.

akmoose
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akmoose 07/05/09 - 02:18 pm
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Oh that's so sad!

Oh that's so sad!

gabassist
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gabassist 07/05/09 - 02:20 pm
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I wonder how many people

I wonder how many people passed her while she was walking - MapQuest says it's over 2 miles between the two locations! If this personal care home is the one I think it is, I also feel sorry for the operator and residents there - my wife used to be there, and it is a very close and caring group of people who are there.

Rose
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Rose 07/05/09 - 02:38 pm
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I read she was also severely

I read she was also severely diabetic.I am sorry to hear what happened to her.

YellowHammer
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YellowHammer 07/05/09 - 02:45 pm
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Sorry to hear this. I heard

Sorry to hear this. I heard about her on Austin Rhodes' show Thursday and spent an hour riding all those streets in that area looking for her while in my company vehicle. I'm sorry she wasn't located. God already had other plans for her. And may God bless this lady's family.

imissmyauntelizabeth
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imissmyauntelizabeth 07/05/09 - 02:51 pm
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i really appreciate those who

i really appreciate those who have left comments about this article this is elizabeth's niece that was the best AUNT a niece could ever ask for i was all the way in atlanta and woke up to a text from my father tellin me the news once again i thank everyone who leaves their comments about the article..............R.I.P AUNTIE ELIZABETH BERT.....i love you always missed and never forgotten

jack
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jack 07/05/09 - 03:19 pm
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Sorry about the lady's death.

Sorry about the lady's death. Probably age and heat. She is in a better place, I am sure. Hope the PC home doesn't get sued.

SusieQ
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SusieQ 07/05/09 - 03:21 pm
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This is so sad, my sympathy

This is so sad, my sympathy goes out to this family. May God Bless each and every one of you. She is now resting in Jesus's arms. SusieQ

LouLou
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LouLou 07/05/09 - 03:34 pm
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My hearfelt sympathy to her

My hearfelt sympathy to her family. Their loved one was out in the open lost from her known surroundings.
This is sooo uncalled for. Someone wasn't paying attention!! True this maybe a good place and have hard working employees. Just think if this had been a child at a daycare center. Sorry but I feel very bitter with this.

Cestlavie
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Cestlavie 07/05/09 - 04:11 pm
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My thoughts and prayers go

My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. She was a member of the church I attended today and everyone was very concerned about her well being. Many church members had planned to continue to search for her today. It's a shame she died alone instead of with her family and friends around her. My concern is how did she just leave without anybody noticing?

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heartablazing 07/05/09 - 04:23 pm
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A sad situation,but maybe

A sad situation,but maybe more should be done to keep a closer eye on alzheimer patients.this poor lady should not have been able to walk away from a personal care home. Alzheimer patients are like two year old kids, they have to be watched all the time.To the family very sorry about your loss but she is now blessed by GOD!

dashiel
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dashiel 07/05/09 - 04:31 pm
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What a sad and miserable exit

What a sad and miserable exit for this lady. If only she had been wearing a transmitter bracelet, she might have been spared the suffering. Maybe the home will learn from this and make such bracelets mandatory for all service recipients who wander away. (Not to say they're all in homes.) My dog has a transmitter in his collar, so I know the price isn't prohibitive. (It was either that or let him run up a huge cell phone bill.)

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soldout 07/05/09 - 05:12 pm
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In the February 2009

In the February 2009 Alternatives newletter there is a report of a 100% cure rate for Alzheimer's in mice using Nocitinamide which is very inexpensive. Human studies are being done now. Alpha Lipoic acid will stop progression of the disease but this will be even better once we hear back on the human studies. If if works it won't be promoted or accepted because it is inexpensive and is not a drug.

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Boston93 07/05/09 - 05:23 pm
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YellowHammer, I also heard it

YellowHammer, I also heard it on Austin Rhodes and I was in Evans and went near where I thought it might be and searched around for someone. God Bless all the people that had her in their hearts.

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KSL 07/05/09 - 05:50 pm
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My condolences to the family.

My condolences to the family.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 07/05/09 - 06:04 pm
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It's such a heartbreak that

It's such a heartbreak that it took so long to find her. We were worried about this happening to one of our family members. He looked okay and was a very fast and fit walker, but his thinking process was not the same since a medical crisis. Sometimes he could unlock the doors and sometimes he couldn't. He got out twice and scared some people with some very odd stories so much that they called the police to check it out. Can't blame them when we heard them describe his "confabulation". We finally had to accept we didn't have the resources to give him the constant vigilance and didn't have the physical strength to take care of him 24/7 anymore, and put him in a special home for his needs. He is safer there, but we check on him daily anyway. We are so thankful we had somewhere we could take him that was close to home.

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sayitaintso_bo 07/05/09 - 06:45 pm
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My dad died of alziemers, it

My dad died of alziemers, it is a terrbile disease. My condolences, may she rest in peace now.

CKB
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CKB 07/05/09 - 07:01 pm
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This is so sad. I would like

This is so sad. I would like to thank the Augusta Chronicle in reporting the facts, very unlike one of the television stations. This is a very caring home and they take wonderful care of the patients. An Alzheimer's patient can get away in a second- that is why they are watched so carefully. The state rules are that the doors can not be locked during the day. These people are in a personal care home and not a jail. Please give the people owning the home and the patients there the respect they deserve. I know this home well. I assure you they do wonderful work there. Thanks again AC, for reporting the truth- not may sources do anymore in Augusta. My post from this morning never made it though. I am so sorry this ended for the lady like it did. I am praying for all of her family as well as the patients, workers and especially the owner of the personal care home. LouLou, please do not judge the owner and workers of this home. She was well cared for and they do not deserve finger pointing. And dashiel , sad to say there is no transmitters available for people in Augusta. Again prayers continue for all involved.

g-dog express
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g-dog express 07/05/09 - 07:10 pm
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After having a father in a

After having a father in a facility like this for 4 years it is easy to see how it can happen. This more than likely did not happen due to neglect from the facility. The ratio between workers vs residents is too much but the cost a person would have to pay would be too high if they had enough workers to prevent this kind of thing from happening.

When I would visit my father and it was time to leave quite often there is a alzheimer's patient or two waiting for an unsuspecting visitor to open the front door. The visitor doesn't know and neither does the patient. All the patient knows is that they are not in a familiar place and all they want to do is go home.

Because I was a regular visitor when an issue like this arose I would contact one of the workers immediately and they would bring the person back. And before you say they should lock the doors, the State of Georgia has a law against that. They can't do it. What happens if there is a fire?

Remember one thing about an alzheimer's patient. Alzheimers doesn't make you stupid it makes you forgetful. The patient is still as resourceful as they ever were prior to the disease. Many can produce a convincing argument.

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Dukedirtbag 07/05/09 - 07:15 pm
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it seems a simple GPS

it seems a simple GPS tracking device similar to the ones folks on probation wear could be utilized for patients like this in case they wander off

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Tots 07/05/09 - 07:31 pm
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Love and prayers to her and

Love and prayers to her and the family.

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my.voice 07/05/09 - 07:32 pm
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These "Personal Care Homes"

These "Personal Care Homes" need to be regulated.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 07/05/09 - 07:47 pm
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I'll miss you Ms. Bert.

I'll miss you Ms. Bert.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/05/09 - 08:27 pm
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I have seen Alzheimer's

I have seen Alzheimer's patients remove windows out of their casings to escape. Alzheimer's is a hideous disease. My very sincere condolences to the family, please be comforted that she is now with God and is healthy and whole. (I am in total support of putting microchips in Alzheimer's patients, btw, and have instructed my family to do so in case that should happen to me)

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 07/05/09 - 08:38 pm
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Alzheimer is hard for a

Alzheimer is hard for a family to watch, my condolences to the family.

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deborah01 07/05/09 - 09:03 pm
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To the family of Ms. Bert,

To the family of Ms. Bert, she's not suffering anymore may god be with you and my prayer are with you all, MAY GOD BLESS THIS FAMILY.....................

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corgimom 07/05/09 - 09:06 pm
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By the way, soldout, just

By the way, soldout, just what is Nocitinamide? Because nicotinimide is B3, and that study was published in the Journal in Neuroscience in 2008. But it didn't mention a 100% cure rate- because reputable doctors don't promise that- just that mice performed better in memory tests. "These preclinical findings suggest that oral nicotinamide may represent a safe treatment for AD and other tauopathies"- but that's a far cry from saying "a 100% cure rate". Do you believe all the quack stuff you read?

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