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Belmont County jury to weigh in on elderly woman's death

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Panel will decide if retirement center was at fault

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio -- A Belmont County jury is expected to rule on Friday in the case of an elderly woman who was found dead months after wandering away from an area retirement center.

At issue is whether or not the Country Club Retirement Center in Neffs is at fault in the tragic death of Luella Edge, who disappeared from the center just one day after she moved in in 2009. Despite numerous searches for Edge, no trace of her was found until seven months later, when her skeletal remains were found 600 yards from the retirement center.

Earlier this week, pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht testified that Edge likely died of exposure, dehydration and starvation. He maintained, as set for in his autopsy, that the death was accidental.

Edge's family sued the Country Club Retirement Center, seeking monetary damages. The jury trial, before Judge Frank Fregiato, began Tuesday and will likely wrap up Friday.

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