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Lee County sees first cold-related death

Lee County has had its first cold-related death.

Posted: Jan. 2, 2018 4:57 PM
Updated: Jan. 3, 2018 1:22 PM

UPDATE: On Wednesday, the Lee County Coroner's Office updated its information by stating Merritt was found unresponsive in Plantersville. 

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TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) – Lee County has had its first cold-related death. 

Lee County Coroner Carolyn Green says a 45-year-old woman from Tupelo passed away Tuesday at 11:50 a.m. at the North Mississippi Medical Center Emergency Room in Tupelo.

Green says the woman had known health problems and became ill on her porch and was found unresponsive sometime near 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Officials do not know how long she was there before they received the call.

Green identifies the woman as Kerry Merritt. 

The coroner says cold-related deaths in Lee County are rare.  She usually sees more heat-related deaths.

She advises people to check on their neighbors and loved ones while temperatures are low.

"This lady was not elderly so check on any of your relatives or friends that have known health problems to make sure they have adequate provisions in this cold weather," Green said.

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