Cold kills 3 in Dane County over frigid weekend, medical examiner says

Three people died this weekend due to exposure in separate incidents, the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office said.

The medical examiner identified the victims Tuesday and said that hypothermia was likely a contributor in one death in Sun Prairie and two in Madison.

The body of Alice L. McGaw, 84, of Sun Prairie, was found Friday morning near the Faith Gardens Memory Care assisted living center, where she was a resident . Sun Prairie police are investigating how McGaw got outside the facility.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services Division of Quality Assurance told News 3 they are also investigating McGaw’s death.

Jeffrey Bracey, 60, of Madison, was taken to the hospital after he was found outside in the 200 block of East Olin Avenue Friday morning . He was talking when first responders found him, but he was extremely cold and not dressed for the weather. He lost his pulse in the ambulance on the way to the hospital and was later pronounced dead.

The body of Vance E. Perry, 57, of Covington, Georgia, was found in the Carroll Street parking ramp Sunday morning . Police said Perry had walked away from a local hospital the day before he was found dead.

Temperatures in the Dane County area were at about 7 degrees Fahrenheit around 9 a.m. Friday. Temperatures in the Madison area plunged to 4 below in the early hours Sunday.

6 a.m. Friday:

Midnight Sunday: