MADISON, Ill. (KSDK) - An investigation has ruled that the death of a 56-year-old Illinois man whose body was found in an alleyway was caused by heat stroke, according to a news release from the Madison County Coroner's Office.
Darold Mays was pronounced dead in an alleyway near 1342 Klein Avenue in Venice, Illinois on June 27. Even though he had been dead for several hours, his body core temperature remained elevated at 101.9 degrees Fahrenheit. Mays' family members had been already been searching for him, and said he would often venture out into the community to collect aluminum cans. They say he had a developmental disability.
An ensuing autopsy revealed no indication of foul play, and that Mays had a number of medical conditions including heart and lung disease. Toxicology studies were also negative.
"With daytime temperatures forecasted to be in the mid-nineties throughout the week, this unfortunate death should serve as a good reminder to everyone about the dangers posed by exposure to hot environments," Coroner Stephen Nonn said in a news release. "People need to be alert, not only for themselves in everyday activities, but also be watchful of friends, family and neighbors who may be susceptible to heat because of chronic health issues."