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How did 94-year-old woman end up in the walk-in freezer of Calabasas retirement home?

November 13, 2010 |  1:45 pm

How did a 94-year-old woman at an upscale Calabasas retirement home end up inside a walk-in freezer?

That's the question state investigators are trying to answer after an incident last month that left a resident at Silverado Senior Living alive but hospitalized.

Officials at the retirement home, where relatives pay upward of $70,000 a year to house their loved ones, are offering few details. The facility was in the national spotlight recently after an employee was convicted of physically abusing several residents, including a mute 78-year-old woman whose chest he stomped on and whom he body-slammed.

What is known about the latest incident comes from interviews with Silverado officials and records from the California Department of Social Services: On Oct. 28, employees at the facility could not find one of their roughly 60 residents, virtually all of whom suffer from dementia.

After a search of the grounds, the woman was "eventually" found standing inside the home's walk-in freezer, according to state records.

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--Robert Faturechi