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Woman whose body found near Sonora had left med center

The woman whose body was found in a field south of Highway 108 had been reported missing last month after she walked away from the Sonora Regional Medical Center where she was a patient.

Marlo Sue Chadwick, 64 of Jamestown, had been admitted to the hospital for a mandatory psychiatric hold, according to Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jeff Wilson.

A county behavioral health worker reported her missing July 1.

Her body was found in the field Sunday by a man who was searching for coins with a metal detector, Wilson said.

Chadwick’s body was so badly decomposed that a cause of death could not be determined; however, foul play is not suspected.