Coroner identifies body found in West Ashley pond

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Source: Facebook/Walker family
Source: Facebook/Walker family
Source: Live 5
Source: Live 5

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston County Coroner's Office has identified the woman whose body was recovered Wednesday morning behind a senior living center in West Ashley.

The body of Bonnie Walker, 90, was recovered from a retention pond behind Brookdale Senior Living Center, according to Charleston County Deputy Coroner Sara Senn.

The body was recovered by the Charleston Police Dive Team in a retention pond near 2030 Charlie Hall Blvd., according to Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis.

Dispatch received a call about the missing woman about 7:40 a.m. this morning, he said.

An autopsy for Walker is scheduled for Thursday morning, Senn said.

Brookdale Senior Living released a statement Wednesday evening regarding the incident:

We extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to Ms. Walker's family, as this loss is felt throughout our community. We are saddened by the situation, and the community's leadership is supporting our residents and associates during this time.

We are working closely with local police and authorities on this active investigation, and requests for additional details should be directed to them. 

According to DHEC officials, they have received four complaints about the facility in the past two years.

DHEC released the following statement on Wednesday:

Brookdale Charleston has notified us of a serious incident that occurred at the facility this morning and we have initiated an investigation.

When a serious incident occurs at a facility that we regulate, we initiate an investigation into the incident to see if the facility violated any licensing standards and regulations. After DHEC inspectors complete their investigation, we make our findings available to the public.

We have received four complaints about this facility in the past two years. Those complaints involved allegations of under-staffing, poor sanitation, and abuse. Three of those complaints were investigated. The most recent complaint was received this month and is scheduled to be investigated as well.

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