97-year-old twin sisters likely froze to death steps from home


BOSTON A pair of 97-year-old twin sisters died over the weekend after one fell while exiting her auto and the other appeared to trip while rushing into their Rhode Island home to call for help, police said.

Investigators say Ms Williams lost her footing first and Ms Haley fell as she tried to go for help.

Barrington Police Chief John LaCross said it appears the twins were returning to the home at around 8:30 p.m. Friday after going to dinner with their 89-year-old younger sister, who also lives in Barrington.

Authorities said foul play is not suspected. They were stranded outside overnight, mere steps away from one of their homes, in temperatures that fell to 13 degrees Fahrenheit.

Both twins were transported to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, where they were listed in critical condition.

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John Haley said the women, who were healthy and active, were outside for about 11 hours before they were found. They say they found her twin sister's body in the garage.

A neighbor passing by their house in the morning went to pay them a visit.

Police suspect that Williams may have fallen while getting out of her vehicle when the two returned home, and Haley tripped over a rug on her way to phone for help. The Providence Journal reported that Haley lived at 21 Opechee Drive, Barrington, and Williams lived in East Providence.

Police believe Williams and Haley returned home around 8.30pm on Friday evening.

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