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Police suspect cold weather exposure in 2 Flagstaff deaths

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Posted at 10:41 PM, Oct 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 01:41:42-04

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Police in Flagstaff say they're investigating two unrelated deaths that are believed to be tied to weather.

They say officers responded to a report of a man who wasn't breathing about 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Police and medical personnel determined he was dead.

He's been identified as 61-year-old Timothy Begay of Flagstaff.

Flagstaff police then responded to a call of an unresponsive man in a Bushmaster Park bathroom.

The man was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police say the man was identified as 39-year-old Ferris Poleahla of Flagstaff.

Police say there doesn't appear to be suspicious circumstances in either death and a recent snow storm and freezing temperatures could be factors.