The lives of twin sisters born almost a century ago ended abruptly over the weekend after they fell outside a home in Rhode Island, where they likely died froze to death on a bitterly cold night, police say.
The force said the twins had gone for an evening out with a younger sister, aged 89, who had already left for home when they got into trouble at around 8.30pm. A neighbor found the twin sisters the next morning.
Foul play was not suspected. Jean Haley was found by the same neighbor in the open garage, where it is believed that she tripped over a rug as she was going to call for help.
The 97-year-old twin sisters were only a few steps away from one of the women's home. As the night wore on, temperatures dipped to 16 degrees (minus 9 degrees Celsius).
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John Haley said the women, who were healthy and active, were outside for about 11 hours before they were found.
Martha Williams of East Providence, and twin sister, Jean Haley, of Barrington, died of what authorities believe was hypothermia over the weekend.
Two elderly twins died in a heartbreaking incident in Rhode Island. They died not long after they were admitted to the hospital.
The cause of death has not been released, but cold temperatures are likely to have been a factor. Haley lived along the Providence River waterfront in Barrington for more than 60 years.