Police Suspect Cold Weather Exposure In 2 Flagstaff Deaths

Oct 28, 2020

Police in Flagstaff say they’re investigating two unrelated deaths that are believed to be tied to weather.

Credit City of Flagstaff

They say officers responded to a report of a man who wasn’t breathing about 11 a.m. Tuesday. Police and medical personnel determined he was dead. He’s been identified as 61-year-old Timothy Begay of Flagstaff. Flagstaff police then responded to a call of an unresponsive man in a Bushmaster Park bathroom. The man was pronounced dead at a hospital. Police say the man was identified as 39-year-old Ferris Poleahla of Flagstaff. Police say there doesn't appear to be suspicious circumstances in either death and a recent snow storm and freezing temperatures could be factors.