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Verdict Reached: Retirement Home Liable in Wrongful Death

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio - UPDATE:

A verdict has been reached in the wrongful death lawsuit against the Country Club Retirement Center in Neffs.

The jury concluded the center was found liable for the death of Luella Edge, who walked away from the home one day after she moved in, and was never seen alive again.

The Country Club Retirement Center must pay $500,000 in damages.

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Four years ago, an elderly woman walked away from the Country Club Retirement Center in Neffs, just one day after she moved in.

Despite numerous searches, Luella Edge was never found alive. Seven months later, her skeletal remains were discovered, just 600 yards from where she went missing. Edge's family is now suing the Country Club Retirement Center.

The jury trial, before Judge Frank Fregiato, began Tuesday and is expected to wrap up by Friday.

Among the witnesses was pathologist, Dr. Cyril Wecht, who examined the body. "And my opinion, which I set forth in the autopsy report, was exposure, dehydration, starvation. Not listed there, but I think we talked about it before, some hypothermia was likely involved to some extent, too. That's where I examined the skeletonized remains of Mrs. Edge, that's all that was present, the bones. There were no soft tissues. My opinion is, the manner of death was accidental," he said during a portion of testimony.

The family is seeking monetary damages from the retirement center.