Elderly twins die after being in the cold overnight

Martha Williams and Jean Haley both 97 were found by police when a report was made around 8am on Saturday of a woman laying in her driveway
Martha Williams and Jean Haley both 97 were found by police when a report was made around 8am on Saturday of a woman laying in her driveway
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07 March, 2017

Police say Martha Young Williams and Jean Young Haley lost their footing in the driveway of Ms Haley's house in the town of Barrington on Friday. According to the investigators, the two elderly women were returning home after visiting their younger sister, an 89-year-old woman, who lives a couple of miles away.

Authorities believe Williams fell first while walking to her auto the night before and Haley may have tripped on a rug in the garage while trying to call for help inside the house.

This undated photo provided by the Haley family shows Jean Haley, of Barrington, R.I., when she was about 25 years old. Haley lived along the Providence River waterfront in Barrington for more than 60 years. They returned to Haley's home at approximately 8:30 p.m.

It's highly improbable to find out which one of them fell first or if one of the women fell while trying to help the other one.

Police are not treating their deaths as suspicious and do not suspect foul play - as both sisters had nothing taken from their purses.

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Police Chief John LaCross told WHIO that the deaths are a "tragic loss".

On Friday night, much of New England recorded some of their winters coldest temperatures. Police believe they died of hypothermia.

Though cold temperatures are believed to have played a role, the cause of death has not been determined, police said.

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


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