Police investigate death of nursing home resident

February 10, 2009 3:52:07 PM PST
The death of an 89-year-old patient with Alzheimer's at a suburban nursing home is under investigation.Sara Wentworth had lived at the Arbor of Itasca for two years. Her frozen body was found outside in the facility's courtyard early Thursday morning.

Itasca police say a door leading to the courtyard did have an alarm that had sounded. But staff claim when they checked on it, they did not see anyone.

Police say there are conflicting stories and that criminal charges are possible. The nursing home said it is co-operating and that "the arbor has appropriate and approved policies and procedures for supervising its residents and keeping them safe."

"It has continuously trained all staff regarding these policies and they remain in effect for the protection of the residents," the nursing home added.