No DNA evidence of rape at nursing home

March 30, 2009 1:17:49 PM PDT
Tracy police say a forensics exam failed to produce DNA evidence that an 87-year-old woman in a nursing home was raped.

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The woman was transported early last week from the Emeritus At Heritage senior assisted living facility to Community Hospital, suffering from pneumonia.

Family members say nurses found signs when the woman was examined that she may have been sexually assaulted at the nursing home.

Her daughter Shelley Whalen says her mother suffers from dementia and doesn't remember what happened but that there were physical signs of what appeared to be some kind of sexual trauma.

Police spokesman Tony Sheneman tells ABC7, a subsequent forensics test shows there was no DNA evidence of a rape.

He says the investigation into whether she was sexually assaulted is inconclusive and that the case has been closed.

"We are unable to determine what happened," Sheneman said, "Investigtors have been unable to interview the woman because of her dementia and there are no witnesses. "

"Nothing is more important to the staff at Heritage Place than the health, safety and security of our residents," said Emeritus Senior Living Vice President of Operations Catherine Ratelle.

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