Heat-related death confirmed in Peoria

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PEORIA, Ill. — A Peoria woman has died after suffering a heat-related illness.

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood on Monday said 61-year-old Julia M. Morgan was found unresponsive at approximately 10:02 a.m. Sunday in a residence on the 2000 block of W. Howett St. in Peoria.

Morgan was pronounced deceased just before 11 a.m.

The Peoria Police Department, along with Peoria Fire Department and Advanced Medial Transport, were called to the scene due to a wellness check initiated by family members of the residents. On arrival, officials located Morgan’s body.

Additionally, a man was also found, “confused and incoherent,” Harwood said. The man was transported to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center for treatment of a suspected heat-related illness. His condition is currently unknown.

Harwood said Morgan’s death was related to exacerbation of her chronic medical conditions, due to extreme heat stress.

The temperature inside the home registered at 97 degrees. Officers reported they discovered a window A/C unit sitting on the living room floor running, however not producing any cool air. According to Morgan’s sister, the couple was unable to lift the unit, and properly place it in the window of the home for cooling.

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