Authorities in northeast Minnesota are trying to determine how a 54-year-old Embarrass woman died, after her body was discovered in a driveway Tuesday, the Duluth News Tribune reports.
St. Louis County Sheriff's Office authorities got a call at 1:40 a.m. Tuesday about an unresponsive woman, the Mesabi Daily News reports. Julie Janice Juniel, 54, was pronounced dead at the scene.
“We don’t think it’s a criminal incident, we believe Juniel suffered from a medical issue,” Lt. Ed Kippley said, according to the News Tribune. “The woman wasn’t dressed for the subzero weather. She looked impaired, so we are guessing she went outside and fell. We are just waiting on the results.”
The news follows the discovery of several other Minnesota women found in cold either unconscious or deceased. University of Minnesota Duluth student Alyssa Jo Lommel had toes amputated after she was discovered unconscious and suffering severe frostbite on a porch after a night of drinking.
Another Duluth woman, Erin Coons, 30, was discovered in an alley by a passerby earlier this month. She was recovering at Regions Hospital in St. Paul but also faced toe amputations.
Authorities say that a 32-year-old Lakeville woman whose body was found on her doorstep during the brutal cold snap earlier this month died as a result of “hypothermia complicated by acute alcohol intoxication.” Police had said Andrea Marker may have been outside for as many as 20 hours before her body was discovered by her sister.