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Authorities probe woman’s death

Published: Wed, October 27, 2010 @ 12:09 a.m.

Staff report


Salem Police Detective David Talbert said Tuesday he believes a woman found burned in Perry Township was Ardes Bauman, 60, of Salem, whom he was investigating in a case of alleged elder abuse.

A member of the Perry Township Police Department said that he found the body of a partially burned woman on a closed road off Egypt Road in the township at 9:33 a.m. Monday.

Talbert said that Oct. 12, James Zeigler of Hilo, Hawaii, met with Salem Police Officer Austin French about making contact with his mother and sister, who was Bauman.

The following day, Salem Police Officer Brent Slider was called to the home where the mother lived.

Zeigler had called an ambulance after discovering his mother was not receiving what he considered proper care and appeared to be malnourished.

A report provided Tuesday by Salem Police Chief Robert Floor said that an ambulance took the mother to a hospital for treatment. A report on her condition was not available.

Perry Township Police Chief Mike Emigh said members of the dead woman’s family were still being notified of the death.


1OldFashionedMama(77 comments)posted 5 years ago

Ardes' mother is my great aunt. At this hour, the family still cannot locate her. My uncle used to check on Ruth, but apparently during his last few attempts to see her, Ardes refused to let him into the house, claiming that Ruth wasn't feeling well. All we know right now is that she was admitted to the hospital a week ago, and no one seems to know where she went after that. Sometimes they send people to care homes if they have no other place to go, but because of privacy laws they can't tell us anything, even though we are family. Please keep Ruth and the rest of us in your prayers. She is 96 years old and in frail health. We just need to know that she is somewhere safe.

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2OldFashionedMama(77 comments)posted 5 years ago


She is in a local nursing home, and is in good condition. We are SO thankful to know that Ruth is finally somewhere safe.

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3suspiciousfriend(1 comment)posted 5 years ago

It is so horrible that certain individuals are talking about Ardes as if she was a lunatic. If she was as "sick' as some people are claiming, why would she ever have been permitted to take care of her elderly mother. And how long had it actually been since other concerned individuals tried to help Ardes so she didn't have to carry the burden of her mother alone. I have known Ardes for many years and she was not mentally disturbed. I will NEVER be convinced that she took her own life. I wonder how the thought of suicide ever even was considered as a possible reason for her death. Anyone that has seen Ardes in the past several months knew she was in full control of herself. I can only hope this investigation continues until the real facts come out. Ardes can't even defend herself. She would be appalled to hear what is being said about her.. Oh yea, cousin, I think Ruth was 91, not 96. I am happy too that Ruth is doing well, does she know why she does not see her daughter any more?

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