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64-year-old male dies from cold exposure, Peoria coroner says

PEORIA (HOI) -- The Peoria County coroner says a man found dead at a Peoria Walmart died from cold exposure.

Michael T. Balicki, 64, was found unresponsive and not breathing Thursday afternoon, Coroner Jamie Harwood said in a release.

Officers were called to the University Street Walmart parking lot at 12:40 p.m. Thursday for a car covered in snow, when they found Balicki in the car, covered in blankets. He was pronounced dead at 1:45 p.m., Harwood said.

Harwood said he was reportedly homeless and apparently leaving out of his car.

An autopsy revealed Balicki died from cold exposure, known as hypothermia, Harwood said.

There was no evidence of trauma, injury, or foul play, Harwood said.

HOI ABC Staff

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