Woman, 91, freezes to death after wandering from seniors' home
A 91-year-old woman whose body was found in an Ottawa snowbank Friday morning wandered from a nearby seniors' home, the home's operator confirmed.
Frank d'Amato, who runs the Alta Vista Manor retirement home near the Ottawa Life Sciences and Technology Park,said the woman was a resident of the building's autonomous living floor and could come and go as she pleased.
In the four months she lived there, she had never before left the building on her own, he said.
However, the home's security cameras showed that on Friday at 5:20 a.m. ET, the womanpushed her walker out the building's side door and wandered outside wearing no winter clothing,despite overnight temperaturesbelow –22 C.
Her frozen body was found200 metres awayby a passerby shortly before 9 a.m.
On Friday morning, afloralprint slipperwaslying in the snowwhere her body was found and a red walker stood abandoned some distance away with an empty coffee cup and a rolled-up newspaper still in the basket.
Police were not releasing the woman's name, pending notification of her family.
They say the death is not suspicious.