Coroner expected to release new details on 90-year-old found in pond

Coroner expected to release new details on 90-year-old found in pond
Source: Live 5
Source: Live 5

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston County Coroner is expected to release new information Friday about a 90-year-old woman found in a pond after disappearing from a nursing home.

The Coroner's Office has identified the woman as Bonnie Walker.

Her body was recovered in a retention pond Wednesday near 2030 Charlie Hall Blvd. in West Ashley, according to Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis.

An autopsy for Walker was scheduled for Thursday morning.

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. 

DHEC officials say they have received four complaints about the facility in the past two years.

DHEC released the following statement:

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.

Coroner Rae Wooten says it could take six to eight weeks to figure out exactly how Bonnie Walker died.

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