Elderly woman found dead after wandering away from care home in Mercer County

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MERCER CO., Pa. (WKBN) – An elderly woman is dead after she wandered away from a care home in Jefferson Township, Mercer County, Pennsylvania, according to police.

Joan Washburn, 83, was found Tuesday afternoon in a wooded area near The Lakes at Jefferson.

The facility called police Tuesday morning when she did not show up for breakfast and they could not find her.

The coroner has already ruled Washburn’s death as accidental.

“Very sad and unfortunate. But you know, it seems like more and more this is happening and we need to be thinking more on the lines of what we can do to correct this problem,” said Jefferson Township Police Chief Jeff Lockard.

Chief Lockard also said the care facility has security cameras that did help in the search, helping them identify key components of what happened Monday night.

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