Published: Tue, March 07, 2017
National | By Traci Kelley

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

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

97-year-old twin sisters Jean Haley and Martha Williams, both residents of Rhode Island, died Saturday amid some of the coldest temperatures of the winter in the northeastern United States.

Barrington police responded to a Saturday morning call that an elderly woman was lying face-down in her driveway and discovered Martha Williams. The younger sister left the twins at some point before they fell, police said.

Police officials do not believe that foul play is involved, as nothing was missing from home.

Haley went to call police for help, but she tripped and fell in the garage. Jean is thought to have fallen in her garage, while Martha may have collapsed in the driveway heading for her vehicle. After a dinner with their 89-year-old sister, the two were dropped off at Haley's home. He said he asked doctors to keep them together even after they were declared dead.

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Jean Haley and Martha Williams, both 97, were found outside Haley's home on 21 Opechee Drive in Barrington, Rhode Island, early Saturday morning after a neighbor spotted Williams, of East Providence, face down near her auto in the driveway.

Police say Jean Young Haley and Martha Young Williams died after they fell outside Haley's house in Barrington on Friday and became stranded in the frigid cold. Haley's body was found in the garage.

The cause of death has not been released, but cold temperatures are likely to have been a factor. The Providence Journal reported that Haley lived at 21 Opechee Drive, Barrington, and Williams lived in East Providence.

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