Skilled Nursing Facility

Nursing home resident with dementia found deceased in walk-in freezer

An 86-year-old nursing home resident was reported missing hours before being located deceased in the facility’s walk-in freezer.

Sofiya Perel, who had dementia, had been reported missing to police around 1:40 a.m. after leaving a secure unit in an Ohio nursing home, Maria-Joseph Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Staff searched for several hours before finding her deceased in the freezer around 4:00 a.m.

Her cause and manner of death are undetermined at this time.