MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee County medical examiner is investigating two possible cold weather-related deaths from the New Year’s Eve holiday weekend. The final cause of death in both cases is pending. However, both cases are being investigated as possible hypothermia.
51-year-old John Boehm of Milwaukee was found inside of a van near Humboldt and Burleigh around 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 31st. Officials noted there had been sub-zero temperatures in the area overnight. The medical examiner’s report indicates Boehm had been drinking heavily and went outside to smoke a cigarette on Saturday evening. He was found early the next afternoon. Officials say Boehm “likely died from hypothermic exposure.”
34-year-old Mark Henderson of Milwaukee was found in the backyard of a home near 98th and Good Hope Road on Sunday afternoon. The medical examiner’s report indicates Henderson had apparently been involved in a motor vehicle accident on Saturday, December 30th, ran from the scene and hid in a yard nearby. He was found around 3:45 p.m. on Sunday.
He was on parole after a 2010 fatal hit-and-run crash where he struck two pedestrians, killing one.