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A resident of this apartment building was found dead on a sidewalk outside the building early on Jan. 5. Police have determined the woman died of hypothermia.

GLENS FALLS — Glens Falls Police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found on the sidewalk in front of her apartment building early Friday.

Veronica Russell, 46, was found on the sidewalk in front of 32 Chester St. at 6:25 a.m., not wearing a jacket or coat to protect against the frigid weather, officials said. A taxicab driver and neighbor found her.

Glens Falls Police Chief Tony Lydon said there was no indication of foul play in her death or that she had been injured, or evidence of any problems in her apartment in the nearby building that would lead police to conclude she was the victim of a crime.

“There was nothing out of the ordinary or suspicious in her apartment,” Lydon said.

But it was not known Friday afternoon what caused her death, whether the cold weather played a part or how long she had been outside before she was found.

The chief said she had not been locked out of her apartment.

An autopsy was to be conducted at Albany Medical Center, likely on Saturday or Monday.

Russell lived alone in one of several apartments in the two-story yellow building at the corner of Chester Street and Gage Avenue.

Lydon said neighbors in the apartment building told police they saw Russell Thursday night.

Lydon and a neighbor said Russell had a history of medical problems, and a neighbor said she had epilepsy and other disabilities as well.

Neighbor Daniel Shanks said his wife was headed to work when she and the taxicab driver spotted Russell prone on the sidewalk. Shanks said he had seen her around 4 p.m. Thursday, and she had not seemed to be having any problems.

Shanks said Russell was a nice woman and good neighbor.

“It blows my mind,” Shanks said. “She was a really nice lady, very quiet. You wouldn’t even know she lived there.”

Shanks said he clears the snow around the building, and Russell was not known to get involved in that maintenance. The sidewalks were shoveled and sanded as of Friday morning.

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Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on

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