Del Rio, Texas – On March 23, 2022 at 2340 hours, Del Rio Police Department officers
responded to Val Verde Regional Medical Center (VVRMC) located at 801 N Bedell Avenue
for an assault call. Upon arrival the officer learned the assault occurred at Val Verde Nursing
and Rehabilitation Center located at 100 Hermann Drive.
The caller reported her family member, a resident of the center, identified as Maria
Merscham, DOB 12/14/1932, was assaulted by another resident. Merscham was transported
to VVRMC by Emergency Medical Services. The caller reported Merscham had a lump on the
back of her head.
A senior officer then arrived on scene and assisted by photographing Merscham. Criminal
Investigation Division Detectives responded to the hospital and took over the investigation.
Merscham was later transported to University Hospital for further medical treatment.
On March 25th, 2022 Maria Merscham passed away. The Del Rio Police Department has
notified the next of kin. An autopsy was ordered and is pending results. This investigation
remains open, and no further information is available at the time. The City of Del Rio extends
our sincerest condolences to the friends and family of Maria Merscham during this most