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Elderly man from Marquette Heights dies due to cold exposure

CORRECTION: The Peoria County Coroner’s Office says the 82-year-old male victim had been dropped off at Velde Ford in Pekin. The man then drove himself home to the 100 block of Lincoln Rd, Marquette Heights, earlier in the morning.

That’s when he apparently fell trying to get into his home. He was found several hours later outside by a neighbor, whom called 911.

An 82-year-old man has died from cold exposure after he was found outside his home Tuesday, according to the Peoria County Coroner’s Office.

In a news release, it said the man had arrived home at the 100 block of Lincoln Rd. in Marquette Heights Tuesday morning. It appears he fell trying to get inside his house. Coroner, Jamie Harwood, said a neighbor found him several hours later laying outside; the man was still breathing and had a pulse. That’s when the neighbor called 911.

The man was pronounced dead at OSF St. Francis Medical Center at 5:41 PM Tuesday night. Harwood said the cause of death was from cold exposure.

In the release, Harwood said, Being outside in these temperatures even for short amounts of time can cause frostbite to exposed skin, and hypothermia can set in very quickly, especially in children and in the elderly.”


Molly Jirasek

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