06/02/2013 13:53 EDT | Updated 08/02/2013 05:12 EDT

Elderly woman dies after falling out of third-storey window

An 83-year-old woman died overnight after falling out of a third-storey window at an old-age home in Varennes.

Personnel at Centre d’hébergement de Lajemmerais found the woman between 6 and 7 a.m. this morning after discovering she was missing from her room.

“They found her bed empty and looked for where she was, the window was open,” said Captain Harry Wadup of the Richelieu-St-Laurent police.

”She was on the ground.”

Wadup said the woman lived alone in a private room at the home, which is affiliated with the Pierre Boucher Hospital.

He couldn’t say whether she had fallen out or if she had jumped.

Régis Pearson, the home’s housing program director, said the senior citizens housed there tend to have a very low level of autonomy due to mental or physical conditions.

Pearson said that following a 2006 incident in which a man fell from a second-storey window, a strict policy limiting how wide windows could be opened was put in place.

The building has three storeys.

Police are investigating and are waiting on the results of an autopsy report.