An 82-year-old woman was pronounced dead at a New York nursing home but found to be breathing three hours later at the funeral home where she had been taken, authorities said.
The woman was pronounced dead at Water’s Edge Rehab and Nursing Center at Port Jefferson on Long Island at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, Suffolk County police said.
The woman was taken to a hospital. No update on her condition was available Monday.
The case has been referred to the state attorney general’s office for investigation, police said.
The state health department is investigating, as well, spokesperson Monica Pomeroy said, adding that she could not elaborate.
An email seeking comment was sent to the nursing home. A person who answered the phone there Monday hung up.
Officials at the funeral home said in a statement, “Out of respect for the privacy and confidentiality of the families we are honored to serve, we are not in a position to comment further on this matter.”