Penick Village, an assisted living community in Southern Pines, was placed on lockdown after the death of a resident on Sunday morning.

Details about the resident’s identity and cause of death were not immediately available. In a written statement to The Pilot, Jeffrey Hutchins, CEO of Penick Village, said “there are no words to express the heartbreak over this incident.”

“We send our deepest sympathies and condolences to the loved ones of the resident involved,” Hutchins wrote. “We ask everyone to join us in praying for the family and all of the local authorities and first responders who have responded to this matter.”

Hutchins said officials from the Southern Pines Police Department met with residents of Penick Village on Monday.

“Please be assured that we will continue to take the necessary steps to secure the safety and wellbeing of those we have the privilege to serve as well as our valued staff,” he wrote.

Citing the ongoing police investigation, Hutchins declined to comment on the specific nature of the incident. In an email, Capt. Charles Campbell of the Southern Pines Police Department said the agency is investigating “an untimely death.”

“At this time there has been no determination of the manner or cause of death,” Campbell wrote. “We have continued to work closely with the leadership team at Penick to ensure there has been no interruption of care or services to the residents of Penick.

“As an agency fully committed to transparency, we will provide additional information at a time appropriate to the investigation.”

Penick Village is located on a 38-acre campus adjacent to the Weymouth Woods Nature Preserve. The community opened in 1964.

This story is developing and will be updated when new information is made available.

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Brenda Burt

Very vague. Most stories are printed immediately, suspects arrested and identified. What do you mean “untimely death”, isn’t every death “untimely?” Is there a killer on the loose, should the public become concerned or is there a suspect at large? Why so vague? This is very strange, do you actually think if they wait long enough, the public will forget about what happened at The Penick Home? Is it a ploy to keep it out of the news, to prevent bad publicity about The nursing home? Would details be published if it had happened in the bad part of town?

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