A veteran mail carrier noticed a surplus of letters and newspapers piled up outside a house and alerted police. Inside was a 90-year-old stroke victim who had been lying paralyzed on the floor for at least four days.
"Why I had the feeling that something was wrong, I don't really know," Jody Loucks, a postal worker in suburban Rochester for 17 years, said Wednesday. "There was just a very, very eerie sense that something wasn't right."
When police found the victim last month, they worried she wouldn't survive her ordeal. Catharine Forster, who had lived alone for years and has no family in the region, spent several weeks recovering in a hospital and has since moved into a nursing home.