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

Rhode Island police say twin 97-year-old sisters froze to death after falling down outside their home.

The bodies of Jean Haley and Martha Williams were discovered at 21 Opechee Drive at about 8:11 a.m., local police said. She appeared to have fallen while leaving her vehicle, police said in a statement released on Sunday.

Jean Young Haley is believed to have tripped over in icy weather just outside her home in Barrington, Rhode Island, along with her twin Martha Young Williams as they returned from an evening out.

Nothing was stolen from the women's purses, which aided investigators to believe foul play wasn't involved in their deaths. Temperatures were well below freezing with the wind chill overnight Friday.

The women reportedly had dinner earlier in the evening with their younger sister, who is 89.

They said Williams was headed to her auto to leave when she fell down near the near of the vehicle.

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According to police, the women spent hours outside in the cold before succumbing to hypothermia.

They were found by a neighbour on Saturday morning and taken to hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

"They came into life together and they died together", John Haley - son of one of the deceased - told TIME this morning. Inside the garage was her twin sister, Jean Haley.

Williams fell in the driveway and Haley may have tripped on a rug in the garage.

Police Chief John LaCross called the deaths a "tragic loss".

  • Tabitha Byrd