Homeless woman found dead near Opelousas firehouse
OPELOUSAS - Opelousas police say cold is the likely reason that a homeless woman died on a night when temperatures were in the low 20s, after refusing a ride to a shelter.
Sgt. Jody White says police have not received an autopsy report for 51-year-old Frances Cunha.
He says she turned down a police officer's offer of a ride to a shelter on Sunday, but was dropped off at a friend's house within seven blocks of where her body was found Monday.
White says investigators don't know why she was on the street, but do know she was subject to seizures and frequented a nearby convenience store.
White says Cunha had recently been admitted to a local hospital, but had been released Sunday in good health.