The Anderson County Coroner’s Office reported two deaths related to the cold associated with Winter Storm Elliot during Christmas.
The Coroner’s office is investigating an incident in which a man died on Christmas eve due to power failure at his residence as a result of Winter Storm Elliott.
Anderson County EMS and Medshore EMS responded to the 911 call around 10:00 am
on Dec. 24 for a person found deceased in their residence by family members.
Don McCown, Chief Deputy Coroner said that the power to the decedent’s
residence went out around 7 am in the area of Ashley Downs Sub-Division and was
restored around 10 am. The decedent was oxygen dependent due to his medical
condition and was using an oxygen device that is electricity dependent.
Chief McCown said that it appears that after the power went out, the decedent was
attempting to prepare his portable oxygen device when he collapsed.
The death has been ruled a natural death due to underlying medical condition with
Winter Storm Elliott as a contributory cause of the death. This is the first death in
Anderson County attributed to Winter Storm 2022.
A second death occurred Dec. 26. According to the Coroner’s office, a man reported missing was found outside his residence deceased. The victim appeared to have been outside since 10 pm the night before.
Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, Anderson County Emergency Management, Anderson County EMS and Medshore EMS responded to the 911 call reporting the victim missing. The victim was located around 2:45 pm outside his residence.
Deputy Coroner Ty Blackwell identified the victim as Marvin Eugene Henley, 91, of Anderson.
Deputy Blackwell reported that the investigation indicated the victim went outside his
residence around 10 pm the previous night to attempt a repair of a broken water pipe. The
victim came back in the residence a short time later and change some of his wet clothes
and then went back outside to continue work on the water pipe. The decedent was
found wet and exposed to extreme temperatures throughout the night.
The death has been ruled an accidental death due to cold environmental exposure.
This was the second death in Anderson County attributed to Winter Storm
Coroner Greg Shore wants to remind citizens the importance of protecting yourself during the
cold weather extremes by limiting the time you are outside, and dress with layers of
clothing. Shore also encourages people to check on each other to ensure
our neighbors are safe.