A 38-year-old woman was found frozen to death in her apartment in Wisconsin, authorities said.
The Milwaukee apartment was unheated amid the polar vortex, which brought bitter temperatures to the Midwest.
She was pronounced dead on Jan. 30 at 7:37 p.m. by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office.
“I’m in shock,” said Darlene Escalante, who lives in the apartment below the victim. “It’s so sad. How is it even possible? My heat is working perfectly. I didn’t know her well, but we would see each other sometimes. To know she froze to death upstairs, right above me, is so hard.”
The woman's name was not released and an autopsy was pending to determine the cause of death.
Temperatures in the area plunged into the negatives in Wisconsin; in Milwaukee, the wind chill reached -47 degrees Fahrenheit on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Thursday's low temperature was -23 degrees.
The office also responded to a man found frozen to death in his backyard in Cudahy on Jan. 31.
The man was also not publicly named but was identified as a 62-year-old who was found after he didn't show up for work.
"He's an outdoors guy. You'd see him outside all the time. Shoveling, and running around with his dogs. I thought he was pretty healthy.
"He was a really quiet guy, kept to himself. I know he really liked his two dogs. I always saw him playing with those two boys outside," added Chris Holubowicz, another neighbor.
A third death in Milwaukee County came on Tuesday as a 55-year-old man was found in his garage.
Premed Student Found Frozen in IowaAn 18-year-old premedical student froze to death on Jan. 30, as the bitter cold and harsh winds from the polar vortex were blamed for at least a dozen deaths.
Gerald Belz was found unresponsive at about 2:48 a.m. outside his University of Iowa residence hall.
He was rushed to the hospital but was pronounced dead.
The university said in a statement: “We are saddened to share we’ve lost a member of the Hawkeye family. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and loved ones. We encourage our students to reach out if they are in need of support.”
He said that Gerald was sending messages to his girlfriend via Snapchat late Tuesday into Wednesday and indicated that he was going to bed and didn’t have plans to go out.
He described his son as a quiet, tough, compassionate guy, who wanted to be a doctor from a young age.