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Posted: 4:21 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013
Valley Springs Manor patient still missing
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By Rob Roth
CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. —
While the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate Valley Springs Manor Nursing Facility, officials Wednesday said one of the abandoned patients has been missing for five days.
Edmund Bascom, 64, was last seen at the San Leandro BART Station Friday afternoon. Bascom was wearing an Oakland Raiders shirt, blue pants, black boots and fishing hat.
Bascom was one of the fourteen patients left stranded at Valley Springs Manor in Castro Valley after state regulators closed the facility last Thursday. Three staff members voluntarily stayed behind to care for the patients but on Saturday called 911 to report Bascom missing.
Sgt. JD Nelson with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Departments says Bascom has a history of wandering off.
“Mr. Bascom has been missing many times in the past. We don’t consider him at risk, but the fact that he went missing during this time period is concerning to us,” Sgt. Nelson told KTVU.
The Alameda County Fire Department had been called to the facility the Thursday before Bascom was reported missing, to help a patient. At that time crews say they didn’t’ notice the facility was closed.
“I suspect they would have started the process sooner than Saturday,” Alameda Deputy Chief said. Valley Springs Manor owners ran another senior facility on Fruitvale Avenue in Oakland. New owners took over that facility, named Eden Manor, in February and changed the name to Woodpark.
John Cain, 79, lived at Eden Manor and told KTVU about the conditions there.
“We didn’t have water, we didn’t have food,” Cain said.
The new owner told KTVU the conditions they encountered when taking over were deplorable.
“There was a rodent infestation and a cockroach infestation. We weren’t able to use the kitchen until those problems were eliminated,” said Cristina Flores, a program officer at Woodpark.
Alameda County Sheriffs have launched a criminal investigation and are currently interviewing both patients and former staff members. The FBI is helping in that investigation.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts on Edmund Bascom is asked to contact Alameda County authorities.
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