Peoria Police: Elderly woman leaves care facility, suffers heat-related death

PEORIA, AZ - An elderly woman is dead after leaving a care facility in Peoria.

Peoria police said two female Alzheimer's patients were able to get out of Immanuel Campus of Care, near 99th and Peoria avenues, around 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

According to a police spokesperson, the pair walked a little more than a block away before they were found in someone’s yard.

A 70-year-old woman died during the incident, officials said. It’s believed that her death is due to a heat-related illness.

No foul play is suspected at this time but an investigation is ongoing.

The woman’s name hasn’t been released.

Police said the woman was in the secure part of the campus and was not supposed to have been able to gain access to the outdoors.

Immanuel Campus of Care has a variety of programs along with a continuum of care, including independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care, according to its website.

When contacted Thursday night, an employee who answered the door to the facility said no administrators or other officials were available for comment. 

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