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Portland woman dies of hypothermia following eviction

Commuters travel under a warning sign as they work their way down Highway 26 in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. (Don Ryan / AP)
Commuters travel under a warning sign as they work their way down Highway 26 in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. (Don Ryan / AP)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A Portland woman died of hypothermia three months after being evicted from the low-income apartment where she had lived for 10 years.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that 52-year-old Karen Lee Batts died alone in a Portland parking garage during a stretch of below-freezing temperatures in early January.

Batts was evicted from Oak Apartments, a low-income complex for seniors and people with disabilities, after apparently deteriorating behavior. Northwest Housing Alternatives executive director and building co-owner Martha McLennan says Batts had been a “great tenant,” but neighbors began to complain about her about six months before the eviction.

McLennan says a staff coordinator received notices that Batts was damaging property, threatening neighbors and acting erratically – unusual behavior for her.

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