A 79-year-old woman reportedly suffering from Alzheimer’s disease was found dead early yesterday in a steep Carroll county ravine after being reported missing from her home early Sunday, State Police in Westminster said.
Investigators found no signs of violence on the body of Mildred King Limburg, who apparently strolled away from the Fairhaven retirement community in Sykesville while her husband slept. Charles Limburg, 78, told police that his wife, apparently in good physical health but hampered by poor vision and memory problems associated with Alzheimer’s disease, was gone when he awoke at 9:32 a.m. Sunday.
A search team found her body at 10:22 a.m. yesterday. Police said Mr. and Mrs. Limburg had lived at Fairhaven – over 300 acres of sometimes rough terrain in the 7200 block of Third avenue – for the past four years.
In that time, Mr. Limburg said, his wife frequently spoke of returning to Ohio, where the couple lived previously. She missed her home there so much, Mr. Limburg told police, that she sometimes said she’d just walk home.
Clad only in a nightgown, slippers and robe, Mrs. Limburg evidently, departed Sunday morning through a sliding glass door that was found open. Her husband told police he believed she took some bread with her.
Mrs. Limburg’s body has been sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Baltimore to determine an exact cause of death, tentatively listed as natural causes. A search party of state troopers from Westminster, Hagerstown K-9 units, a State police helicopter and personnel from Fairhaven searched until 11:20 p.m. Sun-
day with no success. Yesterday, they were joined by 35 members of the Civil Air Patrol.
Finally, at 1O:22 a.m. two Civil Air Patrol cadets discovered the woman’s body in a steep ravine covered with briars and heavy underbrush, less than a halt-mile from her apartment complex on the grounds.
The medical examiner and state police crime lab were called to the scene and made a preliminary report that the death appeared to be from natural causes.
State Police Sgt. James E. Huber said last night that Fairhaven has almost an entire floor devoted to victims of Alzheimer’s disease.
The progressive malady, believed to affect up to two million Americans, occurs as plaque builds up on nerves in the brain. The disease slowly robs individuals of their ability to function.
Missing woman’s bod found in ravine (Second article)
The search for a Carroll County woman ended when her body was discovered at the bottom of a steep ravine near the Sykesville retirement home that she wandered. away from on Sunday, State Police at Westminster reported.
Police said there were no signs of foul play on the body of Mildred King Limburg, 79, and she is believed to have died from natural causes. Limburg, who reportedly suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and poor vision, wandered away from the Fairhaven retirement community.
The woman’s body was discovered by two Civil Air Patrol Cadets about a half-mile from her apartment at 10:22 a.m. yesterday. A search party of state troopers from Westminster, Hagerstown K-9 units, a State Police helicopter and
Fairhaven personnel had tried to find the woman on Sunday.
Police said the woman had lived in the retirement community for about four years. Her husband, Charles Limburg, 78, told police that she left their apartment through a sliding door. He said he discovered that she was missing when he awoke at 9:32 a.m. Sunday.
Mr. Limburg told police that his wife suffered from memory problems caused by Alzheimer’s disease. Mr. Limburg said his wife often talked of returning to Ohio where the couple had lived previously. He said his wife missed her Ohio home so much that she often spoke of walking there.
Police said the woman was clad in a nightgown, a robe and slippers when she was found. Her body was sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore to determine the exact cause of death, police said.
The medical examiner and the state police crime lab were called to the scene and made a preliminary report that the woman’s death stemmed from natural causes, police said.
Originally published in the Baltimore Sun, October 23, 1984
Three separate articles were published about the same incident
By Rafael Alvarez