Elderly woman dies from heat

An 81-year-old Hamilton woman has died from the heat.
Earnestine Fields of Gloria Drive died Saturday afternoon, according to Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley.
“Family last saw Mrs. Fields early Saturday around 1:30 p.m.,” Gurley said. “She had health problems but was able to live alone near her relatives. One of her children came to check on her around 7 p.m. and she was not in the house. He and another family member started searching the area and found her on the back patio of a nearby relative’s house, about 75 yards from her house.”
Gurley said when the family found her, she had likely been dead for a couple of hours. There was no signs of any type of injury or trauma other than from the heat.
According to a meteorologist in Columbus, the temperature reached 99 degrees and the heat index was as high as 115 degrees at the time.
Gurley said no autopsy will be conducted and the cause of death is heatstroke with Fields’ age and medical problems being a contributing factor.

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