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Woman, 68, DIES of extreme cold while trying to get home from her next-door neighbor’s house

Woman, 68, DIES of extreme cold while trying to get home from her next-door neighbor’s house after night of drinking in staggering -41.8F temperatures in British Columbia

  • The 68-year-old woman, who has not yet been named, died of extreme cold after leaving her neighbor’s home in Dawson Creek at around 1am on Sunday
  • Police say evidence suggests the woman planned to walk home but collapsed
  • The woman and her neighbor had been consuming alcohol in the hours prior
  • The distance between the homes is not known, but police said it ‘was not far’ 
  • Temperatures dropped to a frigid –41.8F early Sunday in Dawson Creek 

A woman died of extreme cold over the weekend in British Columbia while trying to get home from her next-door neighbor’s house as temperatures dropped to a staggering -41.8F.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the 68-year-old woman, who has not yet been named, died of extreme cold shortly after leaving her neighbor’s home in Dawson Creek at around 1am on Sunday.

While an investigation continues, police say preliminary evidence suggests the woman planned to walk home but collapsed in the cold. 

The woman and her neighbor had been consuming alcohol in the hours prior, police said.   

She was found dead later that morning outside her home by her neighbor at around 11:50am. 

Detachment commander Staff Sgt. Damon Werrell said that the victim’s and her neighbor’s homes were ‘not far apart’, though declined to offer a specific distance when pressed by DailyMail.com.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the 68-year-old woman, who has not yet been named, died of extreme cold shortly after leaving her neighbor’s home in Dawson Creek at around 1am on Sunday

‘Our investigation determined the female had been visiting a friend the night before and had been consuming alcohol. She departed the residence at around 1 a.m. … and unfortunately did not make it home,’ Werrell said in a news release.

According to weather records, temperatures dropped to a frigid –41.8F early Sunday in Dawson Creek. The region remains under an extreme cold weather warning, with temperatures expected to sink as low as –49F.

The department is investigating the death alongside the British Columbia Coroners Service. No further details have so far been released.

The niece of the deceased, who wished to remain anonymous, told Energetic City: ‘There is an ongoing investigation for suspicion and foul play. The family would like to thank everyone for their condolences.’ 

A media spokesperson for RCMP said they couldn’t comment on the ongoing investigation, but said they didn’t believe the incident was being treated as suspicious. No further clarification was offered. 

According to weather records, temperatures dropped to a frigid –41.8F early Sunday in Dawson Creek (shown above on February 7)

According to weather records, temperatures dropped to a frigid –41.8F early Sunday in Dawson Creek (shown above on February 7)

Residents in British Columbia have been asked to take precautions when facing extreme temperatures, which can ’cause a threat to life only minutes after exposure’.

‘If required to travel, always pack a bag of clothes or wear layers and avoid traveling alone. If you cannot avoid traveling alone, have a “buddy” whom knows your travel plans and estimated time of arrival, someone that can check up on you if you don’t arrive when you’re supposed to,’ Werrell continued.

Anyone with information related to RCMP’s investigation is asked to call the department on (250) 784-3700.  

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