Commerce chief of police John Gaissert has confirmed that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is reviewing medical records of three patients of the Alzheimer’s Care Center of Commerce who died over a two-month period.
“The crime lab is reviewing those cases,” Gaissert said. “I’m not going to say as a homicide, but they are reviewing the medical records of the decedents. The deaths were very close together.”
The medical records of the three state that they died from strokes. There are allegations that over-medication led to their deaths.
The Commerce Police Department is assisting the GBI “as directed” in the investigation, said Gaissert, who stressed that the GBI is the lead investigative agency.
The GBI, city police, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and numerous state agencies raided the Bolton Road facility on Wednesday, July 3, as the result of an investigation that began March 29 when an employee of the facility came to the Commerce Police Department with allegations of elder abuse, misuse of medications and other abuse.
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