79-year-old woman dies after wandering away from Alzheimer's unit

A 79-year-old woman died from possible heat exhaustion when she and another resident wandered a block away from the Immanuel Care Center.

Peoria police say a 79-year-old woman died after she was found unresponsive Thursday a block from her care home.

The woman and another resident of the Alzheimer's unit at Immanuel Campus of Care were reported missing around 1:30 p.m., according to Peoria police.

According to police, officers were told the two women had been missing for approximately 30 minutes. Responding officers searched the care center and nearby neighborhoods, but were unable to find them.

Police said after nearly 20 minutes of searching, officers received a call from a resident in the area who reportedly found the missing women in their backyard.

The 79-year-old woman, identified as Oralia Parra, appeared to have died from heat exposure, police said. The 87-year-old woman was returned to the facility.

According to police, it appears the women exited the facility through a door that was not a secure.

Police are investigating the incident.

Immanuel Campus of Care released the following statement: 

First and most importantly, we are deeply saddened by yesterday's events and offer our prayers and deepest condolences to the families of those affected, as well as to all our residents and their families.

Because Peoria Police and state authorities have begun their investigations, we believe it important that they be allowed the time necessary to complete their work before releasing any further information.

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