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Family believes excessive heat to blame for woman's death

(WMC-TV) - Family members said they believe the current heat wave may have killed a 49-year-old woman Thursday.

Just after noon Thursday, the coroner carried out the body of Annie Mae Anderson.  The sight proved too much for her daughter and other friends and family around Walker Homes.

"She was a very good person," said her cousin Albrous Dabney.  "Sad, sad occasion."

Relatives said Anderson was discovered completely nude in a house with no utilities.

"She was a nice lady," said her cousin Gertrude Palton.  "Respectful person."

Around 9:30 a.m. Thursday, a man called 911 after he found Anderson's body on a sofa in extreme temperatures.

"Probably about 110, 115," said the man.

The house belongs to him but he does not live there.

"I don't be here because it's too hot," he said.  "I be at my sister's house."

He declined to give his name, but said he last saw Anderson Tuesday night.

"We come by.  When I left, she left," he said.  "When I came back this morning to get something off my porch, when I opened the door, she be laying across there dead."

Relatives said Anderson survived two separate strokes and battled constant health complications.

They said a heat-related death would be far more bearable than a killing.

"We pray that it was from the heat," said Dabney.  "Anything besides somebody doing something to her."

There has been no ruling on Anderson's cause of death.

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