Missing Veteran Found Dead – Body of man found in stair at the Bedford Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Massachusetts, U.S.A

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Missing Veteran Found Dead – Report say a man, Timothy White has been missing for an entire month, He was a 62-year-old U.S. Army veteran, who had previously struggled with homelessness and who had recently undergone hip surgery.

His housing at the medical center was provided by Caritas Communities, a nonprofit that works to house homeless veterans. He lived in Building 5.

Caritas operates a portion of that building under contract with the VA.

Recently a body was found in the a stairwell at the Bedford Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Massachusetts, The victim was said to  be 62-year-old Timothy White, The former homeless veteran who was reported missing on May 13 that is five days after he was last seen. His body was found more than a month later on June 12. He was found just 60 feet from his room.

“It appears that he’s been there from the eighth of May,” Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said, She called what happened “very concerning.”
Residents told the Police that some exits have been blocked off to contain the coronavirus. They wondered if that’s why nobody found him in the stairwell.

The OIG investigation found a number of factors that contributed to the failure to check the hospital’s emergency stairwell for more than a month.

“The VA police department’s failure to locate Mr. White resulted in part from the police and others at VA not considering the veteran an at-risk missing patient, which would have required a stairwell search,” the OIG report stated. “The Veterans Health Administration and the Office of Security and Law Enforcement lacked clear guidance regarding the obligations of VA police to search for nonpatients reported missing on VA property.”

“VA police also did not discover Mr. White in the stairwell because of an improper order by the then police chief to cease patrols of the building in which Mr. White was found,” the report added. “The OIG found that the VA police chief exceeded his authority as both VA policy and the lease required VA police to patrol VA property.”

“Lastly, because medical center staff mistakenly believed the emergency exit stairwells were not VA space, they did not clean them,” the report continued. “The confusion among medical center leaders and staff regarding the lease scope and VA’s obligations stemmed from a lack of clear guidance from the Office of Asset and Enterprise Management. Routine police patrols and stairwell cleanings likely would have led to Mr. White being found earlier.”

The Cause of his death was not immediately clear.

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