Deep freeze: 55-year-old Wisconsin man found frozen dead near his garage after shoveling snow
Charley Lampley was shoveling snow outside his home in Milwaukee when he was found unconscious near his detached garage
A 55-year-old man from Wisconsin was reportedly found "frozen" dead a few steps away from his home on Tuesday as a deep freeze caused by the polar vortex hit the Midwest this week, bringing brutally low temperatures to the region.
A Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office spokesperson said that Charley Lampley was shoveling snow outside his home in Milwaukee when he was found unconscious near his detached garage later, according to PEOPLE.
“When it was found it looked like he was frozen on the ground, obviously due to how cold its been here recently. But we don’t know if [the cold] played a role in the death," the spokesperson said.
Lampley was reportedly found lying on the ground by a stranger and was later pronounced dead at the scene. Reports state that the garage door was open at the time and Lampley was fully clothed and dressed for the weather.
The spokesperson said that nothing about his death appeared suspicious and that Lampley was still holding the shovel when he was found. "The shovel was in his hand, it was frozen. It could have been just loosely in his hand and froze that way," the spokesperson said.
It is not exactly clear how long Lampley had been outdoors. Reports state that he was last seen the night before. Lampley's neighbor, Gene Spruell, while talking to WISN, said: "People got to be safer out here while it’s cold. It’s dangerous out here.”
The polar cortex has created dangerously cold weather conditions in the country's midwestern region, with temperatures in Milwaukee likely to hit -22 degrees this week, with wind chills at -55 degrees, reportedly colder than Antarctica.
Governors of Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan have reportedly declared state of emergency in the region. Reports state that at least 8 deaths have been linked to the cold temperatures this week so far.
Meanwhile, Chicago's temperature tumbled to record 21 below on Wednesday morning, closing in on the city's all-time record of minus -27 set in 1985. Reports state that Thursday could see the record fall with wind chill dipping to -51 degrees.