A 93 year-old man was found dead in his home days following a utility company’s restriction of his electricity due to unpaid bills.
Wired PR News.com — The body of a 93-year-old Bay City, Michigan man was found by his neighbors on January 17th. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Marvin E, Schur’s frozen body was discovered several days after his electricity had been turned off by Bay City Electric Light and Power Company. Schur owed the company almost $1,100.
As noted in the AP report, an autopsy was performed by Oakland County’s chief medical examiner Kanu Varani. The cause of death was determined to be hypothermia. Varani is quoted as stating, “Hypothermia shuts the whole system down slowly. Its not easy to die from hypothermia without first realizing your fingers and toes feel like they’re burning.” Schur was said to have died a slow and painful death.
The electric company had installed a device on January 13, which limited Schur’s electricity usage. Once usage goes over a certain limit, the power shuts off and stays off until the bill is paid or payment arrangements are made. According to neighbors, the temperature was below 32 degrees inside Schur’s home when they found his body and ice had formed on the inside of the windows. Robert Belleman, manager of Bay City Electric Light and Power Company, is quoted in the report as stating he didn’t know if anyone has explained to the 93 year old how the limiter device works, but he didn’t feel the company had done anything wrong.