Portland Woman Dies of Hypothermia in Parking Lot Following Eviction

January 10, 2017 Updated: January 10, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore.—A Portland woman died of hypothermia three months after being evicted from the low-income apartment where she had lived for 10 years.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that 52-year-old Karen Lee Batts died alone in a Portland parking garage during a stretch of below-freezing temperatures in early January.

Batts was evicted from Oak Apartments, a low-income complex for seniors and people with disabilities, after apparently deteriorating behavior. Northwest Housing Alternatives executive director and building co-owner Martha McLennan says Batts had been a “great tenant,” but neighbors began to complain about her about six months before the eviction.

McLennan says a staff coordinator received notices that Batts was damaging property, threatening neighbors and acting erratically—unusual behavior for her.