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South Side woman found dead of cold exposure

Updated: December 26, 2011 10:17AM



A South Side woman found on a sidewalk behind her home on Saturday died in part from cold exposure, an autopsy found.

Toya Bey, of the 8200 block of South Wabash Avenue, was found dead on Saturday, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said. A Sunday autopsy revealed Wilson died of heart disease and cold exposure and her death was ruled an accident.

Police said officers were called to Bey’s home about 10:50 a.m. She was discovered lying on the sidewalk behind the home. Paramedics were called and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Bey’s death is the third attributed to cold exposure in Cook County this winter season. In the winter of 2010-11, at least 14 people died at least partly from the cold.

Mary Wilson, 79, of 3826 Norwood Terrace in Glenview, was pronounced dead at her home in Dec. 4. An autopsy found she, too, died of heart disease with a secondary cause of cold exposure, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Francisco Rojas, 58, of 1900 S. Ashland Ave., was found outside at an unknown location on Dec. 14, according to the medical examiner’s office. His death was attributed to hypothermia and cold exposure.



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