Elderly twins die outside Rhode Island home in bitter cold


Jean and her twin 97-year-old sister Martha Williams froze to death Saturday, March 4, 2017, after they fell outside Jean's home in Barrington and were stranded there during one of the coldest nights of the winter.

LaCross said it appears that Williams may have fallen and then as Haley went to call for help, she fell as well. Their younger sister also lived in Barrington, but not as close as the twins lived to each other. John W. "Jack" Haley Jr., who lived at the home on Opechee Drive, died in 1995 leaving behind a wife, Jean, and three children. Subsequently, her sister must have slipped on the wet asphalt covering the driveway while walking to the auto.

Investigators do not suspect criminal activity in the deaths. When officers arrived, they found one of the 97-year-old women face down behind her vehicle. They were rushed to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, but died a short time later.

More news: Lorde: 'Pain from my first major break-up inspired new album'
More news: Iraq may be dropped from travel ban countries
More news: Mets' Wright has shoulder injury, won't throw for 2 weeks

The sister's bodies were sent to the coroner's office for an autopsy, but the authorities believe that they've died due to hypothermia.

This undated photo provided by the Haley family shows Martha Williams, of East Providence, R.I., when she was about 25 years old. As the temperature dipped below zero, the night grew colder.

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.