A neighbor says 89-year-old Ruth Johnson had not been seen for days when Anne Arundel County police went to her home in Severna Park, on Oct. 1.
A police report says officers found Johnson motionless on a bathroom floor. Her skin was blue and she wasn't breathing. Because she appeared to be dead, according to the report, police did not check her pulse.
Police told Johnson's family she had passed away. They also notified her doctor, and the Chief Medical Examiner's office in Baltimore.
Three hours later, a man with the State Anatomy Board came to pick up the body, which Johnson had agreed to donate to science. It was then that Johnson was seen moving her arm, and taking breaths.
The Annapolis Capitol reports she was rushed to a hospital and has since been discharged.
A police spokesman says the case is under administrative review to make sure the officers involved followed proper procedures.