Another heat death in Mississippi

BILOXI — The Harrison County coroner says a 64-year-old man has been found dead of a heat stroke.

Richard Sanderson lived alone in Biloxi, and his body was found in his home Wednesday. Coroner Gary Hargrove says Sanderson was last known to be alive July 21. Sanderson’s window-unit air conditioner was turned off.

At least six heat deaths have been reported in Mississippi in the past two weeks, with temperatures topping 100 degrees in some places.

One of the deaths was in Hamilton, in the northern part of the state, and one was in Fayette, in the southwest. Counting Sanderson, four people have now died of heat in coastal counties.

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The Associated Press