Skip to main content

Lakeville woman found on doorstep likely froze to death, family says

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Family members say a 32-year-old Lakeville woman was found dead on her doorstep by her sister Tuesday afternoon, and they believe she likely froze to death, the Star Tribune reports. The family identified her as Andrea Marker.

An autopsy is planned Wednesday. Police said her body showed evidence of possible hypothermia before she died, according to local media reports.

Family members found the woman outside her home in the 17500 block of Illinois Court and called police at 3:52 p.m., KSTP reports.

Sheila Marker, Andrea Marker's mother, said the front door the house was locked, but that Andrea had her keys, the Star Tribune reports. She told the Star Tribune her daughter had a problem with alcohol and that she had recently lost her waitressing job.

The Pioneer Press reports police responded to Marker's home two days earlier for a "mental health welfare call." Officers suspected Marker had been drinking and were concerned she was a danger to herself. She was taken to the hospital early Sunday morning. It's unclear how long she was there.

State records show Marker shared the home with her parents and a sibling, the newspaper says.

A police spokesman said Marker for several hours had been unaccounted for, the Pioneer Press reports. Investigators are seeking to piece together a timeline of events that led to her death.

WCCO reports that police are treating the death as suspicious until the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office determines the cause. However, Interim Lakeville Police Chief John Kornmann told the Pioneer Press that investigators don't suspect foul play.

Bitter subzero cold in the metro in recent days was likely a factor in at least one other death. The body of Jacob Anderson, a 19-year-old University of Minnesota student, was found Dec. 15 near campus, along the Mississippi River east of the Stone Arch Bridge. His official cause of death is still pending investigation, the Star Tribune reported. Investigators did not initially suspect foul play.

Nationwide, brutal cold has been blamed as a factor in at least 21 deaths since Sunday, the Associated Press reports.

Forecasters say a warm-up is on the way in the next few days for the nation and much of Minnesota.

Next Up

walz flanagan lorie shaull flickr

Gov. proposes 'Walz Checks' for most Minnesotans

The governor wants to use $700 million of the state's surplus to fund the payments.

Hutch crash booking photo

Walz, Flanagan call on Hennepin Co. sheriff to resign

"I would say that it is time for him to resign," the Lt. Gov. said.

line 3 enbridge portage lake hubbard county mn tony webster flickr

Months after missing deadline, Enbridge says Line 3 aquifer breach is fixed

The company told Bring Me The News it "successfully stopped the flow of groundwater" at the site.

canada bodies found

Baby, teenager among 4 found dead along MN, Canada border

Authorities believe all four froze to death.

unsplash roller rink skates CROP

Former roller rink, tennis courts will become new sports hub

The Wooddale Fun Zone has been closed since spring of 2020.

hibachi daruma

Popular hibachi food truck opens second Twin Cities restaurant

The much-anticipated Daruma opens for takeout Thursday evening.

20211128_Vikings_49ers_REG12_0144 (1)

What changes are coming to the Vikings' offensive line?

Once again, Minnesota has work to do to figure out its interior spots

Kris Ehresmann

One of Minnesota's key COVID-19 leaders is retiring

Kris Ehresmann has given more than 30 years of her life to public health in Minnesota.

summit beach park orono

Plan to develop Orono park on hold after Daytons object

The Dayton family donated the land to the city for the park in the 1970s.

covid nurse doctor hospital wikimedia commons

Child from Twin Cities, school staff member die from COVID

Both deaths were reported by the Minnesota Department of Health Thursday.

snow

3 clippers will deliver snow to Minnesota through Tuesday

Clippers move through Friday night, Saturday night and again Monday.

Related