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97-year-old twins perish in cold after fall outside

97-year-old twins perish in cold after fall outside

The lives of twin sisters born almost a century ago ended abruptly over the weekend after they fell outside a home in Rhode Island, where they likely died froze to death on a bitterly cold night, police say.

Ninety-seven years ago, Jean Haley and Martha Williams entered the world together. Williams was found face down next to her vehicle in the driveway and Haley was found in the garage.

Police say Martha Young Williams and Jean Young Haley lost their footing in the driveway of Ms Haley's house in the town of Barrington on Friday.

Temperatures had dropped overnight to as low as 11F (-11C).

The sisters had returned to Haley's home from dinner Friday night with their 89-year-old sister. Haley was found in the garage.




It added that the cause of death is not yet known but "extreme cold temperatures that evening may have been a factor".

They said Williams was going to her auto to leave Haley's home when she fell in the driveway, near the rear of her vehicle. Authorities arrived at the scene and rushed both women to Rhode Island Hospital in nearby Providence.

A neighbor found the sisters Saturday morning.

Police believe the woman spent hours exposed to the frigid weather before they died of hypothermia.

On Sunday, family members and neighbors, returning from morning church services, gathered around the house in the cold and mourned, the Providence Journal reported. Inside the garage was her twin sister, Jean Haley.

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