Elderly woman found dead in pond behind West Ashley assisted living facility identified

The body of a woman who was reported missing from a senior facility in West Ashley on Wednesday morning was found in a nearby retention pond.

Authorities have identified an elderly woman who went missing from an assisted living facility and was found dead in a retention pond near the property Wednesday morning.

Bonnie Walker, 90, was recovered from a small body of water behind Brookdale Senior Living Center where she was a resident, said Sara Senn, Charleston County Deputy Coroner, in an email Wednesday afternoon. The investigation is ongoing and an autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

Charleston police continue to investigate Walker’s death.

Walker was reported missing from the facility on Charlie Hall Boulevard around 7:40 a.m., according to Charleston police spokesman Charles Francis. Police divers recovered her body from the pond shortly before 11 a.m.

Relatives of Brookdale residents gathered to wait for confirmation of the woman’s identity. A chaplain consoled Walker’s family members.

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources personnel used boats to check the pond, said Robert McCullough, director of the agencies Office of Media Outreach.

Reach Gregory Yee at 843-937-5908. Dave Munday contributed to this report.