Thursday, January 9, 2020

Employee at local nursing home found dead

Front entrance to Yoknapatawpha Acres nursing homeAn orderly at the Yoknapatawpha Acres Nursing Home on Belk Boulevard was found dead behind the facility Thursday afternoon.

Jerry Shaw, 31, was discovered by a co-worker around 4:00 p.m., according to Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Jones.

Jones said the cause of death is unknown and the case is being investigated as a homicide pending an autopsy.

"We have never had an employee pass away at work before," said Yoknapatawpha Acres manager Richard Landrigan. "This is a terrible loss, of course, but we will continue to provide our usual excellent standard of care to our residents and their families. It's what Jerry would want us to do."

Nursing home staff said the location where the body was found is an area where employees sometimes go on their breaks to smoke or just to get outside for a few minutes. They said residents and their visitors are not allowed in that area.

The co-worker who found the body asked not to be identified but said she was shocked by the discovery.

"At first I thought he was just being a jerk and trying to scare me, but after he didn't move at all, I went over and checked. He had no pulse. He was dead right there on the ground," she said.

Shaw was born in Taylor and had been living in Oxford for more than a decade. He had been employed at the nursing home for several years and was working a 12:00-8:00 p.m. shift at the time he died, according to co-workers.

An autopsy to determine the cause of death is scheduled for tomorrow.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

By Kemper Jones at 6:00 PM

 

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heart attack, smoking

  spiel72
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Slipped and fell while dumpster diving....

  Sam
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murder?

  Jan Benton
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Wow I need more evidence to solve this case

  tori3685
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Wait he might got jumped or drugged

  tori3685
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What of the workers their probably did it. No visitors allowed at the place where they go to smoke so, I would investigate by asking the employees what was going on their. Either it was heart attack or one of the employees got a needle and poked...

What of the workers their probably did it. No visitors allowed at the place where they go to smoke so, I would investigate by asking the employees what was going on their. Either it was heart attack or one of the employees got a needle and poked him wit something toxic. No bullet mark or knife wound, try look for needle mark somewhere on his body.

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  Arch Angel
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Possibly drugged? Poisoned?The manager of the nursing home was arrested on counts of fraud. Maybe the victim knew something about it and the manager had him killed. A brief autopsy report would be very much helpful in solving the case.

  Prashanth Cp
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did he had any enemy or any one who is jealous of him

  king
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murder(garbage guy)

  Benjamin Chongloi
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maybe he had an enemy ..you know somebody who wanted to destroy him..or his coworkers

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