Death at Pandora nursing home caused by hypothermia

By J Swygart -

PANDORA — The resident of a Pandora nursing home who was found outside that facility Sunday morning died of hypothermia, according to the results of an autopsy report released Tuesday by Putnam County Coroner Dr. Anna Horstman.

The body of Phyllis Campbell, 76, a resident at Hilty Memorial Home, was found outside that facility around 8:30 a.m. Sunday. It remains unclear how or why the woman exited the home or how long she had been unaccounted for.

Pandora Chief of Police Scott Stant offered no comment Tuesday when asked about the status of the investigation.

Putnam County Sheriff Brian Siefker said Monday that Stand and detectives from the sheriff’s office were working jointly in an attempt to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident. Siefker on Tuesday afternoon said investigators were continuing to interview employees of the nursing home and to review surveillance tapes in an attempt to learn more about the circumstances surrounding Campbell’s death.

The sheriff said investigators had spoken with administrators and the director of nursing at the facility but he was not certain what information those individuals had shared with police.

The chief executive officer of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio, the owner of Hilty Memorial Home, did not return a telephone call seeking comment on Tuesday.

By J Swygart

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