Ohio Dept. of Health investigating after woman found dead in walk-in refrigerator at Trotwood nursing home

Miami Valley News

TROTWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) — The Ohio Department of Health is investigating after a woman was found dead inside a walk-in refrigerator at a Trotwood nursing home.

86-year-old Sofiya Perel was discovered dead at Maria Joseph Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after she went missing early Tuesday morning.

Perel went missing around 1:40 a.m., prompting staff to contact police and search the building. A nursing home staff member told authorities that Perel had dementia and somehow managed to bypass the safety features of her locked door on the fourth floor.

Officers and staff eventually found her in a walk-in refrigerator on the second floor of the building around 4 a.m. The Montgomery County Coroner has not determined the cause or manner of her death.

ODH confirms the agency had a surveyor at the nursing home following Perel’s death. A written report on the investigation is due within 30 days and will be presented to the nursing home, before becoming public record.

Maria Joseph Nursing and Rehabilitation Center released a statement saying:

The staff and residents at Maria Joseph Nursing and Rehabilitation Center are very saddened by the loss of one of our residents. We are, on all levels, assisting in the investigation of this tragic incident. We continuously strive to ensure the safety of the residents in our care.  Due to the status of the open investigation, we are unable to comment further at this time.

Trotwood Police are still investigating and WDTN.com will update this story when more information is available.

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