EAST PEORIA — A man found outside near his residence apparently froze to death, preliminary autopsy results indicate.
William Michael Sharpe, 55, was found shortly after 9 a.m. Friday at 240 Elmwood St.
An autopsy performed in McLean County Saturday morning determined cold exposure was a preliminary cause of death and listed alcoholism as a contributing factor.
Pending toxicology results will help confirm the cause of Sharpe’s death, East Peoria Detective David Horn said.
“We’re pretty confident in the pathologist’s preliminary report,” Horn said.
No significant injuries were observed on Sharpe’s body, and foul play was not suspected.
Horn estimated Sharpe’s body had been outside for six to eight hours before it was discovered by occupants who also lived at his address.
Sharpe lived behind the main residence for about seven years in a small shed that had heat and electricity, according to East Peoria police.
Temperatures dipped as low as 1 degree near 8 a.m. Friday morning, with wind chills as low as nearly 15 degrees below zero.