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Couple dies from hypothermia in Laurel County, authorities say

Coroner: Laurel Co. Woman Found Dead In Driveway Died Of Hypothermia
Posted at 4:32 PM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 16:34:37-05

LONDON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Two people have died of hypothermia nearly a week after thousands of Kentuckians lost power due to recent winter storms.

Authorities say 62-year-old James Duff and his 63-year-old wife, Dinah, died. Their bodies were found at their home east of London Sunday morning. One of the bodies was located outside of the home.

Preliminary autopsy results indicate that the two died as a result of hypothermia. Laurel Sheriff's Lt. Chris Edwards continues to investigate.

Laurel County was one of many counties in southeastern Kentucky that lost power as a result of the winter storms. More than 150 customers are still without power in the county.

Laurel County Deputy Gilbert Acciardo says the home is in a secluded location. He says they were without electricity and it looked as if they had built a fire.

Their deaths are still under investigation.