Body of 60-year-old Greenwich man found in Fairfield
Updated 2:59 pm, Wednesday, November 18, 2015
A 60-year-old Greenwich man, who went missing from a Mill Hill Road nursing home Nov.1, was found dead Tuesday morning in a wooded area next to the facility. Foul play is not suspected, and a police investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death is ongoing.
A nursing supervisor from Fairview of Fairfield, 930 Mill Hill Road, contacted police around 10:30 p.m. Nov. 1 to report that the man, who was at the nursing home while recovering from surgery, had not been seen since 9:30 p.m. According to the report, nursing home staff searched the building and the grounds but could not locate the missing man. His cell phone was found in his room.
Police are not releasing the man’s identity pending notification of his family.
A second Fairview patient, who suffers from dementia, went missing the next day, but was located at a relative’s house. A call to the nursing home for comment was referred to the police.
According to the police report, officers also searched the facility, and the grounds, with the assistance of one of police canines from Westport. Using a hat from the patient’s room, the dog picked up the missing man’s track, but lost the track at the driveway.
Chief Gary MacNamara said they received information that the missing man had been seen in Bridgeport, and indications were that he had left the nursing home property. He said that the man was not in any danger and “his condition was such that he would have been free to leave” the facility.
There was also activity on his bank card during the time he was gone.
Nursing home staff told police he had few visitors, with the exception of a woman who said she helped him by paying his bills. When police learned that the bank card activity was not done by the missing man, but by an authorized user, specially trained tracking dogs were brought to the nursing home. It was then that his body was found, about 100 feet into the wooded area.