UPDATE: Autopsy confirms drowning death in Garrard Co.
LANCASTER, Ky. (WTVQ) – An autopsy Friday confirms that a Garrard County woman with a history of dementia died by drowning in Herrington Lake Thursday morning, after wandering away from her nearby houseboat.
82-year-old Leona Riff left her houseboat at about 8:30 a.m.
Investigators say her body was found about 4 hours later.
The Garrard County Coroner says that Riff lived with her daughter, who was in the process of trying to get her mother into a nursing home because of her wandering.
3/30/17 10:23 p.m.
Woman with dementia suspected drowning victim
by TOM KENNY
A Garrard County woman with dementia and a history of wandering off, was found dead in Herrington Lake Thursday afternoon, according to the county coroner.
Investigators say 82-year old Leona Riff left her houseboat, where she lived at Kings Mill Marina, around 8:30 a.m. Her body was found floating in the water about 4-hours later, approximately 200-feet from her home, according to authorities. She was pronounced dead at the scene by the coroner.
The coroner says Riff lived with her daughter, who was in the process of trying to get her mother into a nursing home because of her wandering.
An autopsy is scheduled in Frankfort on Friday where drowning is expected to be confirmed as the cause of death, according to the coroner.