Woman, 82, dies of cold exposure while walking dog outside assisted-living facility in Michigan

CLINTON COUNTY, MI — Extreme cold exposure is believed to have led to the death of an 82-year-old Bath Township woman who was found laying in the snow Friday morning, police said.

At about 7:10 a.m. Dec. 23, Bath Township police and firefighters responded to a “priority one” cold exposure at the Vista Springs Timber Ridge Village assisted-living community in Clinton County’s Bath Township, located northeast of Lansing.

A snowplow driver working at the facility found a woman curled up in the snow on the north end of the parking lot, according to the Bath Township Police Department.

Timber Ridge caregivers were notified and the woman was immediately carried inside, police said. Timber Ridge staff, along with police and firefighters, attempted to treat the 82-year-old for extreme cold exposure until she was taken to Sparrow Hospital. She died at the hospital a short time later, police said.

A police investigation into this death is currently underway.

As reported by WLNS, Timber Ridge staffers knew the woman to walk her dog every morning, and she was likely caught in the winter storm and could not find her way back. Staffers said the woman was otherwise in good health, which is why the cold weather is believed to have contributed to her death.

The woman’s dog is OK and is with family members, WLNS reports.

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