A 68-year-old woman apparently froze to death in Dawson Creek Sunday. Environment Canada has been issuing extreme cold warnings for most of the province and reported an overnight low of -42 degrees Celsius Sunday.
Dawson Creek RCMP were notified of a death shortly before noon.
The investigation determined that the deceased had been visiting her friend and next-door neighbour the night before at which she consumed alcohol. She departed the friend’s home around 1 a.m., however; tragically, did not make it back inside her own home. She was discovered by her friend the next morning, and it was at this time that emergency services were called.
Dawson Creek RCMP continue to investigate the incident with the BC Coroner’s Service.
While a tragic event, it is a reminder that extreme temperatures can be dangerous and a threat to life only minutes after exposure, police say. If required to travel, always pack a bag of clothes or wear layers and avoid traveling alone. If you cannot avoid traveling alone, have a “buddy” whom knows your travel plans and estimated time of arrival, someone that can check up on you if you don’t arrive when you’re supposed to.
Anyone with information which may assist our investigation is invited to call our Detachment at (250)784-3700.