Wisconsin woman freezes to death near the entrance to her home
Authorities in two cities in northeastern Wisconsin are investigating deaths of people found outside in last weekend's subzero cold.
Florence County Sheriff Jeff Ricksby said Monday that a 43-year-old woman was found about 9:30 a.m. Saturday on stairs next to the entrance to her Florence home.
The sheriff said in a news release that the woman slipped on ice and injured her leg while walking home about 11:20 p.m. Friday, and she crawled 327 feet along the side of the street but was overcome by cold before she could get inside. Her ex-husband and two sons were in the home but were unaware she was outside, Ricksby said.
According to the sheriff, she suffered injuries to her hands, feet and legs from exposure to the cold. She died after being taken to a hospital.
Her name wasn't released.
De Pere police said 79-year-old Joseph Linnane was discovered about 7:30 a.m. Saturday on a sidewalk outside Renaissance Assisted Living Center, where he lived.
Brown County Medical Examiner Al Klimek said there was no evidence of trauma or foul play, and the man was dressed appropriately for the weather but had extensive medical problems.
He said investigators are trying to determine what role the severe weather played in the death. Linnane had apparently been outside about five hours.