Family of Marie Duddy may pursue wrongful death lawsuit

James Island, SC (WCBD) — A low country family is considering bringing a wrongful death lawsuit against the Savannah Place Senior Living Facility on James Island.

In May, the facility came under fire after one of their residents disappeared. Marie Duddy, an 80 year old patient who suffered from dementia, left the property undetected. When staff noticed her missing, police and community members began a large scale search. Duddy was found dead nearly 29 hours later. Her body was recovered from the marsh only a half mile from the facility.

Now, 2 months later the family’s attorney, Stephan Futeral, says they are considering taking legal action.

Futeral says that reports from DHEC indicated that Duddy was in need of constant supervision. He believes her disappearance was the result of under-staffing and negligence.

He also says that similar problems in senior care are increasing nationwide and that facilities have to be held accountable.

News 2 reached out to Savannah Place, but they say they have no statement at this time.

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