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Authorities are investigating the deaths of two people who were found outside in frigid temperatures.

The body of an 84-year-old woman was discovered Friday morning outside a an assisted living center in Sun Prairie, where she lived, police said.

Sun Prairie police said the woman’s body was found at about 8:50 a.m. near Faith Gardens Memory Care, 35 Tower Drive.

“The female was determined to be a resident of Faith Gardens,” said police Sgt. Ryan Cox.

The cause of death had not been determined, but no traumatic injuries were found, Cox said.

The woman’s name had not been released pending notification of family.

Madison police said a man who was found outside Friday morning on the city’s South Side died at a local hospital later in the day.

Police and fire units were called at about 8:30 a.m. to the 200 block of East Olin Avenue for what appeared to be an intoxicated male, who was talking but was very hard to understand, Police Chief Mike Koval said in his daily blog on Saturday.

The 60-year-old man’s body temperature was very low and he was taken to a hospital.

“His status quickly deteriorated and he expired,” Koval said.

The temperature in Madison hit a low of 4 degrees just after 7 a.m., with wind chills of about zero around 6 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Dangerous wind chills and frigid temperatures will continue into next week.

Wind chills down to 25 below are forecast for Saturday night, New Year’s Eve night, and down to 15 below before then.

Highs in the single digits to low teens are forecast through Friday, with lows in the single digits below and above zero.


Bill Novak is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.