Missing Patient Found Dead 3 Days Later In Locked WC

Story By: Joseph GolderSub-EditorJoseph Golder, Agency: Central European News

A patient that vanished from a top hospital in France has been found dead three days later in a locked toilet.

The incident took place in Bordeaux, a city in the Gironde department in south-western France after a man was admitted to the emergencies department on 20th July, and then disappeared on 22nd July.

French newspaper Sud Ouest who first revealed the macabre story said that the unidentified patient was in his 50s.


They said his body was discovered on Saturday (25th July) morning in the toilets on the second floor of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) hospital, still wearing his white hospital gowns.

It reportedly took the hospital hours to identify the patient, and even then it was only thanks to a nurse that the patient’s name was finally established. Sud Ouest report that the toilet door had been locked since the day before.

According to Sud Ouest, the hospital appears to have believed that the man had simply gone home after signing himself out. Contacted by Sud Ouest, the hospital said it “had no information to communicate at this point.”

Police are investigating the cause of death and an autopsy has been ordered by the prosecutor’s office to shed light on how the patient died.

It is unclear how the hospital lost track of the patient.

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Joseph Golder

I am a journalist and currently work as the chief subeditor at Central European News.

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