Woman found dead outside retirement home

April 9, 2008 10:11:39 AM PDT
Chatham County investigators say a resident of Carolina Meadows was found dead near a creek on the property early Wednesday morning. Carolina Meadows is described as a continuing care retirement community according to its website. There about 700-residents at the facility located near the Chatham County and Orange County line.

Officials say an alarm went off around 5 a.m. at the facility security office. Each unit has a non-activity alarm. This lets the center know when a resident hasn't been active for a while (i.e. opening fridge, opening door,etc.). This is a standard safety feature at assisted/independent living facilities.

When facility officials went to check on the woman who lived in the unit, 86-year-old Elizabeth Chambelin, was not there. Three hours later, land surveyors found her body near walking trails on the campus.

Investigators do not suspect foul play.


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