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Woman freezes to death in Toronto

Police investigate the driveway where the woman was found.
Police investigate the driveway where the woman was found.

Jill Colton, staff writer

January 17, 2011 — A woman in her sixties was found frozen to death on a Toronto driveway Monday morning.

The area has been sealed off.
The area has been sealed off.

A woman was found on a driveway frozen in the bitter cold in Toronto's east end Monday morning. She had wandered away from her home without a coat.

Police say the 66-year-old woman was found around 5:30 a.m. in the Brimley Road and McNicoll Avenue area about a block from her house.

According to police, the woman's husband woke up at 2 a.m. and found his wife, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, missing.

Sgt. David Dube says the woman was in distress and began crying out for help in the driveway. No one came to her aid or called 911. “Due to the circumstances, we don’t suspect foul play, but we’re going to treat it as suspicious. We have information that the female did knock on a door.”

She was then found by a newspaper delivery person, who then notified police officers.

Dube says paramedics attempted CPR on the woman, but the body was so frozen that they couldn't push down enough on her chest.

Temperatures plummeted to -19°C Monday morning and with the windchill it felt closer to -25 throughout the city. There were also periods of lake-effect flurries. By Monday afternoon, the city dropped the extreme cold weather alert that was issued over the weekend.

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