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Toms River dementia patient dies after wandering during storm

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Authorities say an 87-year-old woman suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's wandered away from her home in Toms River as the nor'easter was winding down and was found dead in the snow a few hours later.

According to police, the woman was last seen by her relatives around midnight Wednesday and was reported missing around 4:30 a.m. Thursday.

A multiagency search was launched and her body was found around 6:20 a.m., about a mile from the mobile home park where she lived.

The woman's name has not been released.

Authorities say a cause of death has not been determined and no charges are expected.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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