PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Peoria police say an elderly woman with Alzheimer’s disease died from heat exposure after leaving a care facility in the city.
Officer Brandon Sheffert says detectives received a call from Immanuel Campus of Care Thursday afternoon 79-year-old Oralia Parra and another 87-year-old female patient had been missing for 30 minutes.
Police responding to the call located the two women 20 minutes later in someone’s backyard in Sun City and found Parra dead. Sheffert says it appears the other patient did not suffer from heat exhaustion or any injuries. Peoria had a high of 112 degrees that day.
Sheffert says the medical examiner for Maricopa County has told police the initial indication is the patient died of heat exposure and that he will do a full review.