Hypothermia killed elderly twin sisters after separate falls at their home

Hypothermia killed elderly twin sisters after separate falls at their home

The lives of twin sisters born almost a century ago ended abruptly over the weekend after they fell outside a home in Rhode Island, where they likely died froze to death on a bitterly cold night, police say.

The 97-year-old twins, Jean Haley and Martha Williams, died after separate falls on the same night at their Barrington, R.I., home, police said.

According to reports, Martha Williams and her sister, Jean Haley, who were best friends throughout their lives, died from what investigators believe was hypothermia on Saturday.

"Ms Haley may have tripped on a rug on the floor of the garage as she attempted to enter her house to call for assistance".

Police officials do not believe that foul play is involved, as nothing was missing from home. They were stranded outside overnight, mere steps away from one of their homes, in temperatures that fell to 13 degrees Fahrenheit. It wasn't long before he discovered Haley lying in the garage and Williams in the driveway.

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A neighbor found the sisters Saturday morning. Neighbors contacted said the same. The Providence Journal reported that Haley lived at 21 Opechee Drive, Barrington, and Williams lived in East Providence.

They were both found outside Jean's home, with Martha face down near her vehicle in the driveway and Jean's body in the garage.

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.

Jean's husband, who died in 1995, is believed to have served as an Army captain in World War Two and was instrumental in liberating concentration camps in Belgium.