CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) -- Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup is releasing the name of a nursing home patient who was discovered dead outside Helia Healthcare Nursing Home, in the 1900-block of South Mattis Avenue.
89-year old Annette White was pronounced dead at the scene about 12:10 am, December 31, by the coroner’s office.
A preliminary investigation did not reveal any obvious trauma however, exposure to cold temperatures outside is suspected to be a contributing factor.
An autopsy will be performed January 2, and an inquest may be held at a later date.
The death is under investigation by the coroner’s office, police and the Illinois Department of Public Health.