Transient woman believed to have frozen to death |

Transient woman believed to have frozen to death

A longtime locally known transient woman was found dead early Tuesday morning in a ditch north of Wal-Mart in the 2700 block of Palmer Avenue in Glenwood Springs.The woman, identified as Helena Jandura, 50, was found shortly before 9 a.m. by some people walking by.It’s believed she died of hypothermia after presumably passing out or falling into a ditch that runs through the area, according to authorities.Jandura was a well-known transient in the area and someone the police were familiar with, according to Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson.”From all appearances at the scene, she either slipped and fell down or passed out,” Wilson said. “And she appeared to have been there for several hours.”In the area in which her body was located, there might not have been a lot of people who would have noticed her there right away, Wilson said.There were no signs of assault or trauma to the body.”It looked like she just slipped or laid down to go to sleep,” Wilson said.According to Deputy Garfield County Coroner Steven Pollard, the cause of death is hypothermia.”She was highly intoxicated and her body core temperature was 70 degrees when she entered the hospital,” he said. “She was declared dead shortly thereafter.”Wilson said there are about 12-20 transient or homeless people in the Glenwood Springs area at any given time – but not many that have died in this manner.”It happens every once in a great while that someone dies from hypothermia, but I can’t think of another death like this in the last several years,” Wilson said. “It’s extremely rare, but it’s been an extremely cold December.” Jandura’s mother was able to be located at a nearby motel and arrangements have been made for her body to be flown to New Jersey, where she was from, for burial.Jandura’s death is being treated as an accident and there is no further investigation.

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