NEWS RELEASE: Multnomah County Medical Examiner identifies one suspected hypothermia death in February 2023 winter storm

February 23, 2023

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: 

Denis Theriault,

PORTLAND — The Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Program on Thursday, Feb. 23, reported it is investigating one hypothermia death since a state of emergency was declared Feb. 22 ahead of a winter storm.

Investigators say confirmation will not be complete for several weeks to months. 

The person died Wednesday, Feb. 22, in Portland. No other details are being released at this time.

The death is still considered a suspected case and is under investigation as a potential cold-weather-related death. Further tests and investigation will determine whether the death is officially cold-weather-related. The County will update this information as it becomes available.

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