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Bloomington Woman Found Outside Of Nursing Home Did Not Die Of Hypothermia

Last updated on Friday, January 25, 2013

(BLOOMINGTON) - Monroe County Coroner Nicole Meyer says a 90-year-old woman who died after being found outside a senior living center appears not to have succumbed to hypothermia.

Doris Marie Kent was pronounced dead Wednesday at a Bloomington hospital shortly after she was found outside Redbud Hills Independent Senior Living Community.

Redbud Hills staff told police, Kent was last seen in her room at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Kent who suffered from dementia, was transported to IU Health Bloomington Hospital after Redbud Hills Independent Senior Living Community personnel found her outside near a maintenance area at about 8 a.m. Wednesday.

According to Bloomington Police Department Lt. Bill Parker , staff called police to report the incident. Parker says when officers arrived, Kent had a pulse. She died in the hospital around 9 a.m., according to Coroner Nicole Meyer.

Meyer says that while the Bloomington woman was found outside in her nightgown in subfreezing temperatures, she had other medical issues and hypothermia does not appear to be Kent's primary cause of death.

Kent's daughter says relatives had planned to move Kent on Friday to another living facility in Franklin. Twyla Kent Lamb says her mother had dementia. She says her mother and late father, Leo, were lifetime Bloomington residents and Indiana University fans.

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