APD urges public to be aware of winter conditions following 2 possible cold exposure cases
Last updated at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21
The Anchorage Police Department says one person’s death Saturday may likely be the result of exposure. A second person was later found with similar symptoms, and has also died.
The first victim’s death was reported Saturday morning after a male’s body was found outside near the intersection of 12th Avenue and Fairbanks Street, police said in a Nixle alert.
“Cold weather may be a factor,” police wrote.
The second victim was found unresponsive on the 6800 block of Zurich Street, police said in a later Nixle.
The Nixle initially stated the second victim had died, but according to Sgt. Josh Nolder, as of 4 p.m., staff at a local hospital were still trying to revive the victim. That victim was later declared dead around 6:30 p.m.
“APD is asking the public be mindful of the temperatures and be prepared for the elements if going outside,” police urged in the second Nixle. “Additionally, the APD is asking for the public to call if they see citizens who appear to be struggling or vulnerable to the temperatures.”
Anyone wishing to report someone outside can call 907-786-8900.
This is a developing story, please check back for updates. Tune in during the 10 p.m. newscast for the latest.
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