Mystery surrounds death of resident found in utility closet

Rome News Tribune has a story about a male resident found dead in the nursing home’s utility closet.  Typically, these closets are locked and only certain staff members have access.  No one knows how the resident got into the closet or how he died.

The man had been missing from a Georgia nursing home for two weeks but was found dead Wednesday in a utility closet at the facility.  The body of Walter T. Heath was found in a closet near the dining area of the Tara at Thunderbolt Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Heath had been missing since 5 p.m. April 16. He admitted himself into the Thunderbolt facility in February.  After he disappeared, the facility’s staff and Heath’s family members grew concerned about him.   Heath’s wheechair was left near the dining area the day he disappeared, not far from the utility closet where his body was found Wednesday morning.

Hopefully, the autopsy and investigation will reveal what truly happened.