SALT LAKE CITY — An endangered Ogden woman, reported missing Friday morning, was found dead Saturday morning in a residential neighborhood southeast of downtown.
Police believe Verna Marriott, 79, died from exposure.
Ogden Police Lt. Will Farr said a search effort that included police and volunteers was unable to locate Marriott, who suffered from dementia and diabetes. She reportedly wandered away from her home sometime between 2 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Friday without shoes.
"We searched throughout the day," Farr said. "Several officers and volunteers both searched on foot and did a grid of the entire area and surrounding area and businesses, attempting to locate her."
Farr said police received a call Saturday morning from a resident reporting the body of a woman in the snow near houses in the 700 block of 28th Street.
"The female was back behind a fenced area that could not be seen from the roadway and could not be seen very easily unless you went into that area," Farr said. "She appeared to be deceased from exposure and had been there throughout the night."
Farr said officers were saddened by the outcome, especially during the holiday season, and thanked the search volunteers who worked through the night Friday.
"Our hearts go out to the family," Farr said. "We really appreciate the citizens that helped. The community, the volunteers, her neighbors and so many people who helped with this, trying to locate Verna."