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Family of man found dead in his room at recovery center files lawsuit


The family of Raolik Walls officially filed a lawsuit against the Hudson Mohawk Recovery Center on Thursday.

Last winter, Walls was staying at the Hudson Mohawk Recovery Center. When his family contacted the center after not hearing from him for a few days, his family says the center told them he packed his bags and left.

“If you can’t do your job properly and you instruct other people and their not doing their job properly — because somebody should have found a body,” said Raolik’s mother Yvonne Ketter-Walls.

In January 2018, Walls was found dead in his room, nearly 40 days after his family last heard from him.

The lawsuit alleges that the recovery center did not allow the family to properly bury Wall’s body. It’s also singling out the center’s former executive director and manager.

The New York Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse says new leadership is in place. But the family says the manager named in the lawsuit is still there, just in a different role. 

“They should never be allowed to do this to another family,” said Roalik’s aunt Jackie Knight.

Instead, the family says Hudson Mohawk improperly dealt with the body, causing pain and suffering.

The Justice Department released a letter on Wednesday saying the center failed to provide proper supervision, alleging abuse and neglect in the case.

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