Published: Tue, March 07, 2017
USA | By Angel Wallace

Twin sisters, 97, die in cold outside Rhode Island home

Twin sisters, 97, die in cold outside Rhode Island home

The bodies of Jean Haley and Martha Williams were discovered at 21 Opechee Drive at about 8:11 a.m., local police said.

The pair had gone out for dinner with their 89-year-old sister the night they died. Police believe that Jean may have seen her sister fall and then tripped up on a garage rug while trying to get help. They were not found until Saturday when Haley's neighbor saw something odd outside his window.

A 97-year-old woman apparently slipped and fell while walking to her vehicle.

Haley, of Barrington, was subsequently found in the garage. As the night wore on, temperatures dipped to 16 degrees.

Police believe the women died of hypothermia.

The women were pronounced dead at the hospital Saturday.

As police continue to investigate the weekend deaths of twin sisters in town, the police chief said it does not appear foul play was involved in the case. Their causes of death are unclear, although police said "extreme cold temperatures" on the night they fell may have been contributing factors.

Relatives outside the isolated waterfront home said they were still in too much shock to speak to reporters Sunday, the Providence Journal reports.

"They came into life together and they died together", John Haley, one of Jean Haley's sons, told TIME on Monday.

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