Vineland man dies from exposure to cold weather
VINELAND - A 57-year-old city man found dead Thursday morning apparently died from exposure to the bitter temperatures, police said.
The man, who police identified as Michael Fleming, was discovered about 11 a.m. in the snow outside Charlie’s Liquor Store located at Gheysens Avenue and Hendee Road, just off East Avenue.
Fleming, who was wearing coveralls, was found in the empty parking lot, police said.
Vineland was hit with it's first winter storm when a "snow bomb" blanketed the town and much of South Jersey. Video produced by Justin Odendhal
Fleming may not have had a permanent home, Lt. Len Wolf said, noting he may have stayed intermittently with family in the area.
There are several people who regularly gather near the property. The city’s community policing unit checks on those individuals and refers them to places where they can get assistance, Wolf said.
Police urge anyone who needs a place to stay to use the city's Code Blue facilities.
A daytime shelter is open at First Presbyterian Church, 800 E. Landis Ave., until 8 p.m. Overnight stays are available at Living Living Hope Assembly, 1059 W. Landis Ave., across the street from Walmart.
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