Deaths of two homeless Sedalia men linked to cold
SEDALIA (AP) - A Missouri coroner says two homeless men found dead in Sedalia in the last week died from exposure to below-freezing temperatures.
Sedalia police say 50-year-old Steven Ray Myers was found dead Tuesday in a wooded area where he had been living. A second man, 58-year-old Joseph Harwell Jr., was found dead Nov. 13 in an abandoned home. Both men were found dead by friends who checked on them.
The Sedalia Democrat reports Pettis County Coroner Skip Smith ruled both deaths were caused by hypothermia.
Temperatures in the city have hovered in the mid- to high 20s for the last week.
Sedalia Police Chief John DeGonia urged residents to contact police if they know of homeless people who might need help during dangerous weather.