San Antonio nursing home resident found dead after wandering off

SAN ANTONIO -- A blind man in his 60s was found dead after wandering away from his east-side nursing home this weekend. And now neighbors are asking why the man was out by himself to begin with.

Police said the man's body was found by a jogger about a mile from the facility in a grassy area off Interstate 35.

Man wanders away from assisted living center

River City Care Center, the facility the man lived at, declined to comment about how he was able to get out of the facility without permission.

San Antonio police said there appears to be no foul play and that he died suddenly.

When KENS 5 reached out to the River City Care Center about how the man got out of the facility Sunday, they said a corporate spokesman would return our request for comment.

So far, no one has.

A man who lived a few feet from the center did not want us to show his face or give his name, but said he often sees River City Care residents wandering the neighborhood, alone.

"I'm not surprised at all because we see people coming out of there with no one attending them, no one watching over them," said the neighbor.

But a woman who said she lives in the facility defended the place. She said no one can leave unless they sign out.

She also said the man who died was blind and should have been wearing a bracelet that alerts staff for anyone leaving River City Care property.

"These people, the sick people, they do what they want," said Maria Rufina Marciante, River City Care resident. "They push the door to go outside. And they can't do nothing if there's one nurse or two nurses to take care of all the 60 people."

Police have not released the man's name saying they have yet to notify his family.


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