Woman, 89, Thought Dead Found Breathing, Moving – News Story – WBAL Baltimore

An Anne Arundel County woman who police reported dead after finding her blue and not breathing in her home was actually alive.

Police were called to check on Ruth Shillinglaw Johnson, 89, on Oct. 1. According to a report, officers found her motionless on her bathroom floor, and one officer noted an odor “similar to a decomposition smell.”

But officers did not check for a pulse. Instead, they called Johnson’s adult son and told him his mother was dead. The man said Johnson planned to donate her body to science. A State Anatomy Board employee arriving to take the body three hours later heard Johnson take a deep breath and saw her move her arm.

Perfect for the run-up to Halloween…

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