Daughter: Father’s Body Wasn’t Found for Days after Death
A Charlottesville-area family is grieving the loss of a loved one and searching for answers. Walter M. Scott's daughter Stephanie Carter says his decaying body was found Friday afternoon at The Crossings in Charlottesville. The last time he was seen inside the building was Monday.
The family wants to know why it took so long for someone to find his body. Carter was told Friday of her 50-year-old father’s death, and she's upset because she says he died Monday.
"Nobody confirmed to check on him, which, he had a social worker that was there. Nobody checked on him,” Carter said.
The Crossings is a place for people who are down on their luck or have disabilities. Scott was wheelchair-bound because of a leg amputation.
Police discovered his body about 3 p.m. Friday, locked in his room just feet from his bed. Police say Scott died from natural causes.
"Because his body was deteriorated and he had been there for so long, I had to get him cremated,” Carter said.
Carter says she hasn't gotten any answers from The Crossings about why her father's decaying body wasn't discovered sooner, and has a key question for management.
"If he never came out to any of the breakfasts, lunches or dinners, why haven't y'all checked on him?" she said. "I didn't get to say my goodbye. I don't get to see him to say goodbye."
The Crossings released a statement to NBC29, but did not address the family's issue, saying only, "We are saddened by Mike's passing and the loss of a wonderful member of The Crossings community."
A service for Scott will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at New Hope Baptist Church in Esmont.
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