Wisconsin couple froze to death after apparently misplacing keys
A Superior, Wis., couple found dead on the deck of their rural home last week died of hypothermia after getting locked outside, authorities said Wednesday.
A utility worker stopping by to do a service check found the bodies of Richard Ellison, 82, and Shirley Johnson, 70, on their deck around 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 21, said Superior Police Cpt. Thomas Champaigne. A preliminary autopsy determined that Ellison and Johnson died as a result of prolonged exposure.
It's unclear how long the couple had been outside. Ellison and Johnson were last seen alive while running errands on the previous Sunday, when temperatures dipped into the minus 20s, police said.