New Jersey

Bitter Cold Exposure Blamed for Vineland Man's Death

The man's body was discovered during Thursday's nor'easter

A man found dead outside a Vineland, New Jersey liquor store succumbed to exposure to this week's bitter cold temperatures, the city's police believe.

Michael Fleming, 57, was discovered Thursday morning as a powerful nor'easter battered the region, police said. His body was found in the snow outside Charlie's Liquor Store along Hendee Road.

Vineland police Lt. Len Wolf said Fleming may have been homeless at the time of his death. He sometimes stayed with family who lived nearby, Wolf added.

Home-insecure people regularly gather outside the store with officers often stopping by to offer resources.

Fleming's apparent exposure death highlights the dangers of spending prolonged periods outside during extreme cold. Temperatures in the area hovered in the mid-20s while strong winds connected to the snowstorm made it feel like 8 degrees.

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