ALLEN PARK (WWJ) – Allen Park police say the frigid temperatures may have played a role in the death of an elderly woman.

Police say a passerby called 911 around 9:20 a.m. Wednesday and reported finding the 87-year-old woman’s body in a ditch along Allen Road, between Pelham and Reeck roads.

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Sgt. Craig Hickey of the Allen Park Fire Department said the woman was not dressed appropriately for the weather; she wasn’t wearing a hat or a coat. He said it appears the woman had been there for hours.

The woman, whose identity was not immediately released, reportedly lived nearby.

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Single digit temperatures were recorded across Wayne County Wednesday morning.

An autopsy is expected to be conducted on Thursday. An investigation is ongoing.

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