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Police: Elderly Woman Found in Snow Dies

Family members of the Huntley woman said she was showing signs of dementia.

Bodil E. Becker, 84, was found Saturday morning lie in the snow in the 11500 block of Hemmer Road, which is about 1/2-mile away from her home on Evergreen Lane. Credit: Googlemaps
Bodil E. Becker, 84, was found Saturday morning lie in the snow in the 11500 block of Hemmer Road, which is about 1/2-mile away from her home on Evergreen Lane. Credit: Googlemaps
An elderly woman who family said had started showing signs of dementia was found lying in the snow Saturday morning in the 11500 block of Hemmer Road in unincorporated Huntley, according to a McHenry County Sheriff's Office press release. 

She was wearing only a nightgown and boots when authorities found her in the snow about a 1/2-mile away from her home. She was taken to Sherman Hospital in Elgin where she was pronounced dead. 

The Kane County Coroner's office has identified the woman as Bodil E. Becker, 84, of the 11000 block of Evergreen Lane in Huntley. An autopsy was performed on Becker and authorities are continuing to investigate the death, according to the release. 

Authorities received a call reporting the woman lying in the snow at 7:15 a.m., according to the sheriff's office. A reverse 911 call was sent out within a mile radius, which included part of Del Webb, as authorities worked to identify the victim. 

Family members later advised the victim had been showing signs of dementia, according to the news release. 

Care Trak

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office in its Monday press release encouraged residents to look into a program it offers called Care Trak, which allows family members to track loved ones who are impaired and have a history of wandering from their homes. 

Care Trak is a mobile tracking system that uses a radio frequency wristband to locate lost individuals. 

When an individual wearing a transmitter is reported missing, the local certified Care Trak law enforcement agency can start the search using a radio tracking system. To access this service contact the McHenry County Mental Health Board at 815-455-2828.

Undersheriff Andrew Zinke reminds citizens that it is also very important to check on your elderly family members during this cold weather to make sure they are safe. 

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