SHELBY TWP. (WWJ) –  A woman who walked away from her home in Shelby Township has been found dead.

Police say the 65-year-old woman was located around 7 a.m. Thursday along the Macomb-Orchard Trail, near 24 Mile and Dequindre roads, not long after she was reported missing. She was found lying on her back in the snow. It’s roughly two miles from her home, near 25 Mile and Shelby roads.

Police weren’t sure how long the woman had been missing before she was found. Her husband told police he last saw her before bed around 8 p.m. Wednesday and when he woke up early Thursday morning, she was gone.

Police did not release woman’s name, but said she suffered from dementia.

Investigators say the extreme temperature was a factor in the woman’s death. Police initially said she was dressed in a bathrobe and slippers when she left home, but she appears to have been dressed in “street clothes,” WWJ’s Mike Campbell reported live from the scene.

The recent deep freeze has been linked to two other deaths and suspected in another.

On Monday, a man was found dead in front of Shady Grove Church on Detroit’s east side, and police believe he likely froze to death.

On Tuesday, a 96-year-old woman was found dead outside a school in Macomb County after a night when temperatures dipped to -2 degrees. Police say she lived nearby and was dressed only in a nightgown, robe and slippers.

On Wednesday, a 57-year-old woman was found dead outside of her home in Orion Township by her son and grandson after she hadn’t been seen or heard from in hours. She was covered in snow and lying face down, although police have yet to determine if weather played a role in her death.

Stay with WWJ Newsradio 950 and for the latest. 


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