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Cold partly blamed in homeless woman's death

January 19, 2007|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Frigid temperatures from a nearly weeklong cold snap contributed to the death of a homeless woman, authorities said Thursday.

The 51-year-old woman was found dead Wednesday morning in her sleeping bag in a downtown Bakersfield alley. She died of hypothermia and complications from long-term alcohol use, the Kern County coroner's office said. The woman's name has not been released pending notification of next of kin, authorities said.

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