An autopsy performed by the Boone County Coroner's Office showed Fieldhouse died of exposure.
Heritage Woods of Belvidere has released a statement after the disappearance and death of an 82-year-old resident.
Myrtle Fieldhouse, a resident suffering from dementia, disappeared from Heritage Woods Saturday night. Her body was found two days later along Route 76, about a quarter mile south of Squaw Prairie Road.
In response to her death, Heritage Woods released the following statement on Wednesday:
We are saddened by the loss of our resident, Myrtle Fieldhouse. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Fieldhouse's family and loved ones during this difficult time.
Due to federal privacy laws, we cannot discuss specific residents or their care. Heritage Woods of Belvidere has a history of providing excellent care for our residents and we maintain a variety of policies and procedures to ensure the health and welfare of our residents. These policies have been approved by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. All Residents are screened through a third party screener to assure they are appropriate for the level of care provided in the Supportive Living environment. In addition, all our employees are trained on these policies within the first three days of hire. The care and well being of our residents is always our number one priority.
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