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Elderly twin sisters die amid frigid weekend temperatures


Twin sisters, 97, died after both fell outside a home in Barrington on a cold night in what police say appears to be a bad accident, reports say.

The neighbor hound Williams face down in the driveway of her sister's home and Haley was found in the garage.

One of Haley's longtime neighbors also described her as upbeat and said she always looked forward to dinner dates with family and friends.

Police said Martha Williams and her twin sister Jean Haley were both found unresponsive Saturday morning outside a Rhode Island home after they both appeared to have tripped overnight.

Nothing was missing from either of the sisters, or from the premises, leading investigators to think that no foul play was involved in their deaths. They spent the overnight hours in below freezing temperatures.


Police said Williams apparently fell when she was getting ready to leave her sister, Haley's, house on Friday night. Haley lived along the Providence River waterfront in Barrington for more than 60 years. She later returned to her own home, according to NBC 10.

Their causes of death are unclear, although police said "extreme cold temperatures" on the night they fell may have been contributing factors.

Police believe the women died of hypothermia. Her twin sister, Jean Haley, was discovered in the garage of her waterside Rhode Island home.

They were rushed to the hospital in critical condition and later died.

Police Chief John LaCross told WHIO that the deaths are a "tragic loss".

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