Death in South Jersey shows need to check up on others during cold

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A homeless man was found dead in Burlington County over the weekend.

It’s an example of why you should check up on the sick and elderly during this extended cold spell. Fifty-nine year old Eugene Powell was found dead in a tent he occupied near a convenience store in Southampton, Burlington County just off Route 206.

State Police Capt. Stephen Jones says the bitter cold apparently took the man’s life.

“We’re not looking for an autopsy to be performed here so we may never know what the cause was,” he said. 

Jones says the phrase is used often, but it is good advice to check up on people who can’t tolerate the cold.

“If you are going out for some kind of supplies or something, ask somebody else If they need something while you are out,” he said. “Let’s care about our neighbors in these extreme conditions.”

More brutal temperatures are on the way during the next few days.

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