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Great Falls woman found dead in sub-zero temperatures

Posted at 2:29 PM, Feb 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-12 16:29:09-05
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A 48-year-old Great Falls woman died Saturday after her car slid off the road in sub-zero temperatures and she was unable to enter her house.

The Cascade County Sheriff’s Office has identified the woman as Lisa Doty.

Doty was driving home February 9 when she slid off the road and her car became stuck in a ditch. She attempted to dig her car out and lost her keys, according to the CCSO.

A passerby eventually gave Doty a ride to her home, which was about five blocks away, around 1 a.m.

The Sheriff’s Office reported Doty attempted to enter her home by breaking the window next to her door since she did not have her keys.

A different person found Doty around 11:30 a.m. in her driveway in the 1600 block of 30th Avenue South.

The Sheriff’s Office said sub-zero temperatures ranging from 8 degrees below zero to 14 degrees below zero were reported and Doty was not dressed for the weather.

An autopsy was conducted February 11 and exposure appears to be a contributing factor in Doty’s death.

The incident is still under investigation and the Sheriff’s Office said alcohol may have been a factor.