Woman, 90, freezes to death outside SW MI home

FABIUS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A 90-year-old woman died this week after getting locked out of her Three Rivers-area home in the freezing cold.

Ada Salna was found dead around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday on the steps of her home on Kurzeme Road near Long Lake in Fabius Township. It's a fairly isolated property and on Friday, it was clear the driveway had not been plowed since the snow started at the beginning of the week.

Western Michigan University pathologist Joyce deJong said Salna died of hypothermia.

Salna had gone outside to feed the birds and her cats and got locked out. She cut herself while trying to break a window to get back inside, and deJong said blood loss contributed to the death.

Nieghbors told 24 Hour News 8 Salna kept to herself and may not have spoken English well.

Salna had last been seen alive around 4 p.m. Tuesday. It's unknown how long she had been outside when her body was found, but it was covered in snow.

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