Twins sisters aged 97 die after falling in freezing cold

Twins sisters aged 97 die after falling in freezing cold

Authorities say twin 97-year-old sisters apparently froze to death after falling down outside a Rhode Island home, one of them while coming to the rescue of the other.

Police said a neighbor found Martha Williams and Jean Haley, both 97, dead at Haley's Opechee Drive home Saturday morning.

The sister's bodies were sent to the coroner's office for an autopsy, but the authorities believe that they've died due to hypothermia.

Haley went to call police for help, but she tripped and fell in the garage. It is presumed the pair were outside overnight, after dining Friday night with an 89-year-old younger sister, who left the home around 8:30 p.m. Jean Haley managed to reach the garage, while Martha Williams remained behind to lock the vehicle.

A neighbor discovered the twin sisters in critical condition the next morning.

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Police do not suspect any foul play.

Investigators believe that Williams, of East Providence, Rhode Island, may have fallen in the driveway walking to her auto, according to a police statement. Temperatures were well below freezing with the wind chill overnight Friday.

It added that the cause of death is not yet known but "extreme cold temperatures that evening may have been a factor".

According to the Providence Journal, Haley may have been a widow for more than 20 years. The three sisters then went to Haley's home. She appeared to have fallen while leaving her vehicle, police said in a statement released on Sunday.

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