Mississippi woman slips on ice, dies from exposure

Mississippi

An abandoned car is covered in snow on the shoulder of Briley Parkway in Nashville, Tenn., Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. (Andrew Nelles/The Tennessean via AP)

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say a fall turned deadly for a Mississippi woman who ultimately died over the weekend, likely from prolonged exposure to freezing temperatures.

The Vicksburg Post reports 66-year-old Pearl Deckard, of Vicksburg, fell around 1 a.m. Sunday but was not found for hours.

Warren County sheriff’s deputies responded to a call from a trailer park about someone crying in distress, but couldn’t find anyone near the area.

About 4 a.m., a man called, saying he had found his wife unconscious in the backyard of their home _ a half-mile from the trailer park.

The woman was transported to an area hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

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