Police: Caregiver had been dead for a week

GREENFIELD — Police took a woman with severe mental disabilities to the hospital Monday after her 80-year-old caregiver was found dead in the Greenfield home they shared.

Hancock County Senior Services officials alerted police Monday morning there might be a problem after they couldn’t reach Marion Quilter to confirm transportation arrangements to a doctor’s appointment for the 73-year-old woman he cared for, police said.

Officers found Quilter’s body inside the couple’s home in the 1400 block of Coachlite Drive; no foul play is suspected, police said.

Investigators believe Quilter had been dead for almost a week, they said.

The woman he cared for was transported to Hancock Regional Hospital for treatment for extreme dehydration, said Greenfield police Detective Brian Hartman

On Tuesday, police officers lauded Hancock County Senior Services officials for trusting their instincts and calling 911 with concerns about their client.

“If they wouldn’t have called, who knows?” Hartman said. “We could have went in there two weeks from now, and there’d have been two people.”

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Noelle Steele is editor of the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3232 or nsteele@greenfieldreporter.com.