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Hypothermia caused death of elderly Milwaukee woman

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Authorities now say an elderly Milwaukee woman died from hypothermia during this week's cold snap.

87-year-old Dorothy Schneider was found dead Tuesday on a sidewalk in her backyard.

Relatives couldn't reach her on the phone, so they went to her house to check on her. Schneider lived alone, and officials said she had a history of dementia.

Her body temperature was just 37 degrees, and her body was partially frozen. The medical examiner ruled the death an accident.

It's the only reported death that was directly related to the cold wave, in which temperatures dropped to 30-below and wind chills hit minus-48 in parts of Wisconsin between Monday and Wednesday morning.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)