Woman Found in Filthy Conditions Dies
INDEPENDENCE - A 73-year-old Independence woman who was found in squalid conditions last month has died.
Independence police announced Wednesday that Ruth Raps had died after more than three weeks at a hospital.
Police say she was found Aug. 11 sitting in a recliner at her home, surrounded by filth, weighing only 70 pounds and suffering from severe bedsores.
Her husband, 58-year-old Gary R. Raps, was charged with elder abuse. The Jackson County prosecutor will await autopsy results to determine whether Gary Raps will face other charges.
Court documents say Gary Raps told police his wife got sick about 11 days before she was found and he did not know how to care for her.