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Police identify woman who froze to death

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Rochester police have identified the woman who died of exposure after walking out of a senior living facility in the middle of the night.

Lillian Pedersen, 98, was found about 7:30 a.m. Friday. She was still alive, said Capt. John Sherwin, but died en route to the hospital. Her core temperature had dropped to 75 degrees, the report says.

Surveillance video from Meadow Lakes Senior Living, 22 45th Ave. NW., where Pedersen lived, indicated she went out the back door of the facility about five hours before she was found.

She was dressed in slacks, a shirt and a bathrobe, but had nothing on her feet or hands, Sherwin said.

Though Pedersen used a walker, she was able to come and go from the facility as she pleased, the report says.

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