TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa investigators are looking for answers after the body of an assisted-living center resident was found on a bus.
Eighty-four-year-old Mary Schlecht was found dead Sunday evening inside a bus that was parked in the Brookdale Tulsa Midtown facility’s lot, The Tulsa World (http://bit.ly/2bVQzfE ) reports.
Sgt. Dave Walker says Schlecht had been on the Brookdale bus the previous day for a one-hour tour. According to Walker, the bus driver exited the vehicle to get walkers for residents who needed them. Some passengers had already started unloading by the time the driver returned. The driver told police he never saw Schlecht when he checked the bus for any remaining passengers.
Walker said Schlecht’s daughter reported helping her onto the bus.
“She got on the bus, but she has to have help,” Walker said. “Now to get off the bus you would think she would also have to have help.”
Authorities said nursing staff had been unable to locate Schlecht. They notified her family and asked if they had picked her up. A search for Schlecht on the facility’s property began, and she was eventually found on the bus.
Walker says the case is being treated as an unattended death. The state medical examiner will determine the cause of death.
Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com