GLENS FALLS — Authorities have concluded that hypothermia apparently caused the death of a woman who was found dead in front of her Chester Street home Friday morning.
Veronica L. “Ronnie” Russell, 46, was found dead on a walkway outside her apartment building at the corner of Chester Street and Gage Avenue around 6:30 a.m. Friday. A taxicab driver and resident of the building found her.
Glens Falls Police Detective Lt. Peter Casertino said an autopsy performed at Albany Medical Center found no indication of medical problems, such as a heart attack or physical injuries that would have caused Russell’s death. It is believed hypothermia caused her death, pending toxicology tests.
“It’s definitely not suspicious,” Casertino said.
Warren County Coroner Timothy Murphy said Russell’s cause of death was still pending, as additional tests were to be conducted. He said there was no indication Russell had used drugs or alcohol before her death.
Police still have a number of unanswered questions as to why Russell, who had some developmental disabilities and a history of medical problems, was outside without shoes or jacket on a subzero night. She was not locked out of her home or building, and other residents were on hand throughout the night if she had needed assistance.
Casertino said it was unclear how long Russell had been outside before she was found.
A woman who identified herself as a sister of Russell’s, who answered the phone at the home of Russell’s parents on Monday, said the family did not want to discuss the situation.
One neighbor, Daniel Shanks, said Russell was quiet and kept to herself, and other neighbors said they had little contact with her.
Russell was a 1994 graduate of Lake George High School. Calling hours have been set for Tuesday at Singleton Sullivan Potter Funeral Home, with a “celebration of life” scheduled for Wednesday morning at Bay Road Presbyterian Church in Queensbury.
The five-apartment building is owned by Moreau Apartments LLC, which also owns the apartment building next door, according to Warren County property tax records. No one affiliated with the building could be reached Monday.