Man found in Logan Square alley is 14th cold-related death of season
BY LEEANN SHELTON Staff Reporter January 22, 2014 10:58PM
Updated: January 23, 2014 12:20AM
An apparently homeless man found frozen to death in an alley in the Northwest Side Logan Square neighborhood is the fourteenth cold-related death since last October in Cook County.
The man, thought to be in his 60s, was found dead in the 3200 block of West Fullerton Avenue, the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.
Officers responded to an alley in that block about 6:45 a.m. Tuesday and found the man dead, police said. He appeared to have been homeless, and remains unidentified.
An autopsy Wednesday found he died of hypothermia because of exposure to the cold, and listed heart disease as a secondary factor, the medical examiner’s office said. His death was ruled an accident.
At least 13 other people have died because of the cold this winter in Cook County:
◆ Jamie Hensley, 56, of Joliet, was found unresponsive outdoors Jan. 13 in the 3700 block of South Archer Avenue. He died of hypothermia, cold exposure and alcohol intoxication.
◆ Lynda Eads, 57, was found lying in the show outside her home in the 700 block of Southwest Highway in Worth on Jan. 9. She died of hypothermia, cold exposure and alcohol intoxication.
◆ Robert Sembrat, 55, was found dead in his Northfield home on Jan. 7th. Police could not immediately say if Sembrat’s home was heated.
◆ Andrea Ysaguirre, 66, died at MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island on Jan. 7. Ysaguirre, of the 12300 block of South Peoria in Calumet Park, died of cold exposure, heart disease, kidney disease and heart failure.
◆ Bernabe Garcia, 49, died in the 3600 block of West Palmer Street Jan. 7. Garcia, who was homeless, died of hypothermia, cold exposure, alcohol intoxication and heart disease.
◆ Elias Contreras, 80, was the first cold-related death of the year in Cook County and died at MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island Jan. 6. Contreras, of Blue Island, died of hypothermia, cold exposure, diabetes and heart disease.
◆ Thomas Kachlicki, 66, was found dead at his home Dec. 19 in the 4500 block of West Wrightwood Avenue. He died of hypothermia and cold exposure.
◆ William Buckley, 67, was found dead Dec. 17 by officers conducting a well-being check at his home in the 100 block of West 118th Street, authorities said. He died of hypothermia, cold exposure, and heart disease.
◆ Margie Chandler, 62, died at Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center Dec. 12. An autopsy found she died from complications of hypothermia and cold exposure.
◆ Carolyn Wilkins, 61, died at Franciscan St. James Health in Chicago Heights Dec. 10. An autopsy found Wilkins, of the 1200 block of Damico Drive in Chicago Heights, died of heart disease, hypothermia and diabetes.
◆ David Kraft, 52, was found dead under a bridge Nov. 26 in the 3000 block of West Washington Street. Kraft, whose home address is unknown, died of hypothermia, cold exposure and alcoholism.
◆ Daniel Badillo, 50, was found in the 3100 block of West 99th Street and pronounced dead at St. Anthony Hospital on Nov. 24. An autopsy found he died of hypothermia, cold exposure and acute and chronic alcoholism
◆ Beverly Weaver, 64, was found dead in the 1500 block of West Lawrence Avenue on Oct. 25. An autopsy found she died of hypothermia, cold exposure and heart disease.