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Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 01/21/2011

Lost elderly couple died of exposure

By Mary Pat Flaherty

An elderly couple found dead in a field in Frederick after getting lost while trying to drive to their Pennsylvania home each died of hypothermia, the Maryland State Medical Examiner has ruled.

William Fresch 85, and his wife Betty, 79, were found Jan. 11 about 60 miles south of their home in Shippensburg after going missing late Jan. 7. They were last seen leaving a daughter's home and were driving back to their own house.

Their bodies were found in a field off rural Gene Hemp Road in an area where temperatures had fallen into the mid-20s on the night they got lost. Another driver noticed their upright car in a ravine in the field and then found the Fresches.

Police suspect they mistook a gated opening in a fence along the field as a driveway and got out of their car seeking help.

A funeral for the couple who had been married 58 years was held Sunday in Shippensburg.

By Mary Pat Flaherty  | January 21, 2011; 12:40 PM ET
Categories:  Frederick, Mary Pat Flaherty, Maryland, Updates  
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This just breaks all the hearts of those who have someone older and beloved in their lives. Rest in peace.

Posted by: JustSaying1945 | January 21, 2011 2:04 PM | Report abuse

This is really sad to read.

Posted by: lulu202 | January 21, 2011 4:02 PM | Report abuse

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