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Family Still Looking for Answers after Death of 37-Year-Old Woman with Autism

April 10, 2014

(April 10, 2014) - Philadelphia Daily News Columnist Ronnie Polaneczky examines the tragic case of Christina Sankey, a 37-year-old woman with severe autism who disappeared in the company of her caregiver on March 6, 2014 inside a Macy's department store in Philadephia. Tragically, Sankey's body was discovered the next day five miles away.

In the opinion piece, the author argues that the case has been largely ignored by the public because of Christina's age and socioeconomic status. Several questions have gone unanswered, according to Christina's mother, including how Christina managed to escape from her caregiver and how she was able to travel those five miles with the mental capacity of a 2-year-old. 

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