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NY nursing home resident found dead outside

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 23, 2012 at 1:28 pm •  Published: December 23, 2012

BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. (AP) — Saratoga County officials are investigating the death of an 85-year-old man who died after being found outside the county nursing home where he lived.

The county Board of Supervisors said in a statement that Carlton Decker climbed out the window in his room. But Decker's family members tell the Times Union of Albany ( ) that the explanation makes no sense. Son-in-law John Manolakis says Decker lived on the second floor and his window only opened about six inches. He said Decker was found with his walker early Saturday near a door, and had no injuries that would indicate a fall.

County Administrator Spencer Hellwig said the state Department of Health had been notified and an investigation was under way.

Manolakis said the preliminary cause of death is hypothermia.