KCBD out of Lubbock, Texas reported the investigation into the death of Willie Joe Byers who froze to death at the Tumbleweed Nursing Home. Police concluded that Byers died after being outside for several hours in freezing temperatures. He was finally found by a nursing home employee in the outdoor courtyard. The staff is supposed to check on residents every two hours. The Texas Department of Aging and Disability requires that if a facility accepts a new resident that is reported to have dementia and/or a history of wandering, the resident should be closely monitored.
Deion Mitchell, Byer’s Nephew, said that he "found out about his Uncle’s death from a family friend, who knew someone that works at the facility. We had no idea that he was even transferred to the Tumbleweed Nursing Home."
According to Byer’s nephew, "Surveillance cameras show that Willie walked out of the facilities back courtyard door and apparently fell and hit his head while outside, and was found lying next to a shed."