Police: Batavia resident seen wandering before disappearing

BATAVIA, N.Y. (WIVB) — As suspected, Batavia police say the 91-year-old man who was found dead Tuesday morning on the roof of his apartment complex was seen by security cameras wandering the halls.

Autopsy results are still pending for the man, who reportedly has dementia.

This week’s death of a resident at 400 Towers off Main Street wasn’t the first time something like this had happened. About four months ago, a resident was found dead in his apartment at 400 Towers, nearly three weeks after he supposedly disappeared.

In this latest case, the man appeared on camera wandering the halls at 1:40 a.m., and he appeared to be disoriented, according to police.

He was last seen entering the door that leads to the roof access on the eighth floor. Police are expected to release more information once the autopsy is complete.

Longtime Batavia Councilwoman Rose Mary Christian has been outspoken on improving conditions at 400 Towers, which is located in her ward.

“Maybe this could be avoided,” Christian said. “Because they have cameras up there. Maybe if someone was viewing the cameras during the evening, they would have seen something. “What’s it going to take? You hire one person? They have nothing.”

“I think they need to def get a different administrator,” she added. “Things have to be really reasonable for these people.”

The complex, 400 Towers, is in a subsidized, independent living facility. If residents need it, and if they can afford it, they can hire their own healthcare workers.

They’re not provided by the complex, which is owned by the Batavia Housing Authority. A representative from the housing authority said Wednesday the organization would issue a statement. It had yet to do so as of late Friday.

 

 

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