Twin sisters, 97, die in cold outside Rhode Island home

According to reports, Martha Williams and her sister, Jean Haley, who were best friends throughout their lives, died from what investigators believe was hypothermia on Saturday.

Police have said it appears Ms Williams fell in the driveway, and Ms Haley fell as she tried to call for help.

Martha Williams. Police believe she may have fallen in the driveway walking to her auto. Haley was found in the garage.

Barrington Police Chief John LaCross said that the Barrington police do not suspect foul play.

Barrington police responded to a Saturday morning call that an elderly woman was lying face-down in her driveway and discovered Martha Williams.

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Two sisters from Rhode Island died Saturday after the two fell outside and could not get up overnight.

Overnight temperatures in the area dropped as low as 11 degrees, with wind chills as low as minus 8.

One of Haley's longtime neighbors also described her as upbeat and said she always looked forward to dinner dates with family and friends. He said while loved ones are grieving the loss of the two sisters, they believe both would have preferred to die together than live without each other. They were quickly pronounced dead.

It added that the cause of death is not yet known but "extreme cold temperatures that evening may have been a factor".

On Sunday, family members and neighbours, returning from morning church services, gathered around the house in the cold and mourned, the Providence Journal reported.

  • Phil Peters