When a woman entered an Oklahoma Walmart, she didn’t leave for three days. Only after a maintenance worker went to check on a locked, single-stall “family bathroom,” did they find the body of 29-year-old Katherine Caraway. She had died inside the bathroom and no one knew anything about it for three days. Only after they found her body, did the Sand Springs Police Department know anything. Capt. Todd Enzbrenner shared surveillance video that shows the exact time Caraway entered the family restroom.
After stepping into the Sand Springs Walmart on Friday, Caraway made her way to the single-person family restroom and entered it around 6 p.m.
Although the 29-year-old woman never emerged, the locked bathroom remained overlooked by staff. They didn’t even bother trying to clean it or check on it for days.
Eventually, employees gave up on the bathroom and placed a sign on it that read it was out of order. Eventually, the maintenance worker was called. Employees assumed that because the door was locked and no one responded when they knocked, it needed to be fixed.
In his report, Capt. Enzbrenner said the employees assumed it was empty and didn’t have the initiative to check.
The cause of death is still undetermined. But officials do not believe there was any foul play involved. At this point, it could be any number of things including a drug overdose or a heart attack.
Walmart released the following statement following the tragedy:
“We are saddened by this. We don’t know all the facts right now, but we are working closely with local law enforcement to provide what information we have that might be useful. Because this is an ongoing investigation, we must refer you to them for additional information.”
As you can imagine, this tragic story has struck a cord with many people. Thousands have watched the video report below on YouTube. Dozens have shared comments. Here are a few of the most popular ones. In general, people are outraged with Walmart and their employees:
“So what I’m getting here is that Wal-Mart don’t check there bathrooms… What’s up with the staff,” wrote one angry viewer.
“You’re always supposed to look under the stall if it’s locked to make sure.”
“This is so sad and unfortunate.”
“How do you not notice a dead person in your bathroom? I know it said they thought it was out of order but shouldn’t they have asked a manager or something.”
“Would they not investigate why the bathroom is out of order instead of just putting a sign on a closed stall and walking away??”
“You find everything at Wal-Mart… even a dead body.”
One person doesn’t think it is likely that staff lost their keys.
“if i were to lose my work keys then i would be in big trouble and it would cost me or my boss a fortune.. so we would have to trace back where i was until we find the keys.”
What do you think about this tragic death at Walmart? Should store employees have been more vigilant?
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