MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Police in Barron are investigating the death of an elderly woman who apparently left her assisted living facility and died in the cold.
Police Chief Byron Miller said in a statement dispatchers received a call about 4:45 a.m. Wednesday from Monroe Manor, an assisted living facility, reporting 76-year-old Juanita Toews had left the building. Emergency responders determined Toews had climbed out her living room window.READ MORE: Court Hears Motions In Derek Chauvin Trial; Jury Selection Paused For At Least A Day
Searchers followed her tracks and found her lying on an iced-over creek about around 6:15 a.m. She was pronounced dead about 45 minutes later at a Barron hospital.READ MORE: 'Summer During Winter': Minnesotans Enjoy Unseasonable Temps On #Top10WxDay
Police suspect Toews died of hypothermia. Miller said she wasn’t wearing any cold weather clothing.
According The National Weather Service, the temperature was 24 degrees below zero in the Barron area at 5 a.m. and 6 a.m.MORE NEWS: Wife Of Hockey Ref, Who Died From COVID, Thinks He Contracted It During Carver Co. Games
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