98-year-old woman dead after walking out of nursing home in Rochester, MN

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) A 98-year-old woman living at a senior home in Minnesota died after wandering outside in the freezing cold in the middle of the night.

Officials at Meadows Lake Senior Living Center in Rochester say on Friday morning a nurse realized Lillian Pederson was not in her apartment.

That's when staff members began their search and found her in the parking lot, and she was barefoot.

They called 911, but they say Pederson died on the way to the hospital.

Colette Miles, Meadow Lakes Executive Director says, "Meadow Lakes is a very close-knit community. It has been a tragedy for all of us. Our hearts go out to her family, our sympathies to her family, who she was very close to. They visited her daily, so she had a very close family and our hearts are breaking for all of them."

The director at the center says they have safeguards in place to keep strangers out, but residents are free to come and go as they please.

They're reviewing the procedures to determine what can be done to ensure the safety of the residents.