Missing patient found following abrupt nursing home closure

A former resident of Northview Village Nursing Home, the largest nursing home in St. Louis, has been located three weeks after the home closed abruptly, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Jan. 10. 

The Dec. 15 closure left 100 workers without a final paycheck and shuttled more than 170 residents overnight to a new home. However, during the move, Frederick Caruthers, 61, walked away from the building.

"Our team continued working through the weekend following up with the receiving facilities to check in on the residents who had been transferred," Lisa Cox, a spokesperson for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, told Becker's in a Dec. 19 statement.

Former employees of the nursing home reportedly saw Mr. Caruthers, who has schizophrenia and requires medication, four days after the closure, the publication said. 

Mr. Caruthers was then located while walking on Jan. 9, a spokesperson for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department told Becker's in a statement. 

"He was transported to a hospital for evaluation and is safe," the spokesperson said.

Becker's has reached out to the Missouri State Department of Health and Senior Services for comment and will update this story if more information becomes available. 

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