CVH patient found unresponsive in woods - WFSB 3 Connecticut

CVH patient found unresponsive in woods

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MIDDLETOWN, CT (WFSB) -

A missing female patient, who Connecticut State Police said walked away from the Connecticut Valley Hospital campus in Middletown, was found in woods near the facility Tuesday morning.

The unidentified woman walked away from the facility sometime Sunday.

Police said the woman was found unresponsive, but breathing.

State police said a K9 team, Trooper One, the Connecticut State Police helicopter, and a marine unit were all used in the search.

The woman was considered a walkaway and not an escapee, which means she was voluntarily staying at the psychiatric hospital.

One woman who lives in the surrounding neighborhood says sometimes they'll get automated calls from police. This time she didn't.

"It depends on what the woman was like," said Carolyn Halsted of Middletown. "Is she a safety hazard or simply a missing person who is wandering around?"

CVH officials can't comment on the situation due to privacy laws, but they told Eyewitness News if a patient walks away from one of the inpatient facilities they'll initiate a search with campus police and other authorities if necessary.

"I haven't been terribly concerned because they're few and far between," Halsted said.

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