This is a news release from the Fairfax County Police Department, published verbatim.
Fairfax County Police are investigating what appear to be three weather-related deaths over the last nine days. Two involved nursing home residents, the other a homeless person.
On Monday afternoon, around 3:30, officers were sent to a Critical Missing Person call at the Sunrise at Reston Town Center assisted living facility, located at 1778 Fountain Drive. The staff at Sunrise had a scheduled wellness check for an 86-year-old resident, Ida Wolk, of Reston, who hadn’t been seen for almost three hours and could not be located after an extensive search.
Numerous officers started a methodical search of the building and surrounding areas. As one officer was clearing the third floor, he looked out a window in the rear of the building and saw the woman laying outside in the snow. Officers rendered immediate aid; wrapping her in warm blankets and taking her inside the facility until the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department arrived. She was transported to a local hospital where she died.
On Monday morning, around 11:30, officers were sent to the 9800 block of Clifford Drive for a trespassing call. A resident had found a homeless person sleeping on top of the washing machines in the laundry room of the apartment complex. Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department arrived on the scene and pronounced the 47-year-old-man, Kenneth Perez, no fixed address, dead.
On Monday, January 14, at 5:59 p.m., officers were sent to a CPR in progress at the Brightview Nursing Home, located at 10200 Colvin Run Road, in Reston. According to the staff at the nursing home, 88-year-old resident Joan Ackley had been missing for approximately two and a half hours. She was located outside of the facility.
Police advise that you check on vulnerable family, friends and neighbors during the cold weather. If you see someone who appears confused and/or not properly clothed for the weather sleeping outside or in a place without heat when temperatures are below freezing, they may be at risk of hypothermia – please call the police non-emergency number, 703-691-2131. For more information please visit Fairfax County’s Hypothermia Prevention Program.