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Autopsy confirms that woman died of extreme cold, not foul play

NIAGARA FALLS – An autopsy released by Niagara Falls police on Monday confirmed that there were no signs of foul play in the death of Octavia Wilson, 47, who was found frozen to death on Feb. 17 near her home in the 2400 block of Niagara Avenue.

Wilson had been dropped off by a boyfriend on Valentine’s Day, four days before her body was discovered. Witnesses told police that Wilson was intoxicated that night and police believe that she never made it into her home. She was found frozen to death, partially covered by snow in a neighbor’s backyard.

Police believed that the subzero temperatures, not foul play, were responsible for her death. The autopsy by the Erie County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed there were no signs of foul play and reported her death was caused by prolonged exposure to extreme cold. Police are still awaiting toxicology reports

Relatives had become alarmed last week when they discovered no one had heard from her for several days, and they reported her missing. She was found the next day by family members. At that time some family members had raised the question of foul play.