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Triple-digit heat may have led to woman’s death in San Bernardino

Approximate location of incident shown in red.

The triple-digit heat in the Inland Empire may have led to the death of a 49-year-old San Bernardino woman who was found lying next to her wheelchair Wednesday, a coroner's official said.

Cindy Marie Grycel was found unresponsive and lying on the ground in the 1100 block of E. 40th Street in San Bernardino around 12:30 p.m., officials said. She was transported to a local hospital, where she died late Thursday evening, they said.

San Bernardino County medical examiners said Grycel's death appeared to be related to the heat, but an autopsy has been scheduled to determine if any other factors may have contributed, according to Sandy Fatland, spokeswoman for the coroner's office.

Investigators believe that Grycel was a transient, Fatland said.

Because Grycel has no known family, coroner's officials are urging anyone with information about her to contact them at (909) 387-2978.

No other heat-related deaths have been reported since the current wave of high temperatures began, Fatland said. The temperature in San Bernardino is expect to hit 108 degrees on Friday.

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Image: Approximate location of shown incident in red. Credit: Google Maps

 
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