Dying Alone: An Elderly Korean Immigrant’s Worst Nightmare
by JONGWON LEE
ATLANTA — While most of Atlanta were celebrating the holiday week last December 22, Chun Cha Frank, 68, was found dead in her home. Discovered face-down in her bathtub, she had died two or three days before, according to local authorities. The Atlanta police did not suspect foul play was involved, but Frank had lived isolated from friends or family–and her body stayed at the Fulton County Coroner’s Office for the next two months.
The widow of a U.S. Air Force veteran, Frank had no known family or friends. Authorities could find no contact information of anyone who might have reached them earlier. A phone number with South Korean regional code was found, but it was disconnected.
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