PERE MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The arctic cold gripping West Michigan has claimed another life.
It happened in the 1100 block of North Gary Street in Mason County’s Pere Marquette Township, about two miles northeast of downtown Ludington.
The Mason County Sheriff’s Office says a 77-year-old Ludington woman had been visiting her mom when she apparently fell while walking to her vehicle and couldn’t get up.
Investigators believe the woman fell around 7 p.m. Sunday and laid in the snow, exposed to the subzero temperatures until a neighbor discovered her in the yard around 9 a.m. Monday.
Neighbors administered first aid to the woman, however she was still unresponsive when emergency crews arrived minutes later. The woman was taken to a Ludington hospital where she died.
Investigators say the investigation is ongoing, but foul play is not suspected.
The woman is the second person in West Michigan to die after being exposed to the extreme cold. A Florida man visiting friends in Michigan died when he fell asleep with a friend in their car, which had gotten stuck in a Van Buren County field. The other passenger, a 22-year-old man also from Florida, was last listed in critical condition.