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'Filthy' living conditions examined after elderly woman's death

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 | 9:15 a.m. CDT; updated 4:15 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, March 11, 2009

IRON MOUNTAIN LAKE — Authorities are looking into whether dirty living conditions contributed to the death of a 71-year-old woman in Iron Mountain Lake.

The eastern Missouri woman died of septic shock related to a large bedsore.

Her name was not immediately available. She died Jan. 21 at a St. Louis-area hospital.

Iron Mountain Lake Police Chief Michael Kemp said the woman was living with her 62-year-old husband in a home the sheriff described as filthy.

Officials say a bedsore had exposed the woman's tailbone and unsanitary conditions caused it to get infected.


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