Body discovered at Retreat


BRATTLEBORO -- A 35-year-old woman's body was discovered at the Brattleboro Retreat Wednesday, and the Brattleboro Police Department is investigating the circumstances of her death.

Police say Retreat staff members found the woman's body in a residence hall and that foul play is not suspected.

"It is with sadness that we report that there has been a death of an individual who has been participating in an out-patient program at the Retreat," said Brattleboro Retreat Vice President of Strategy and Development Konstantin von Krusenstiern. "The individual was utilizing lodging services available to clients who choose not to travel for their care."

The Brattleboro Retreat provides a wide range of treatment services ranging from out-patient programs where a client spends a few hours with Retreat staff, to those where a patient is under 24-hour care from Retreat doctors and staff.

Clients in the out-patient programs are free to come and go as they please.

Some travel home after receiving care or stay in area hotels, others stay with friends or family in the area, and some stay in facilities on the Retreat campus, such as the one where the woman's body was found.

The Retreat is still waiting for a visit from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the federal agency that is investigating reports that the Retreat provided inadequate care to some of its patients.

The death this week will not likely affect the CMS determination because the woman was not under direct 24-hour care of Retreat staff, but was instead in the psychiatric hospital's out-patient program.

The Brattleboro Police say the woman's family has been notified and that the body was removed to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The police say they will not be releasing information related to the reason the woman was at the Retreat, the circumstances of the death, or the cause or manner of death until the investigation is completed.

Howard Weiss-Tisman can be reached at hwtisman@reformer .com or 802-254-2311, ext. 279. Follow Howard on Twitter @HowardReformer.


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