State looks into death of woman, 90, after power shut off

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Michigan regulators are investigating a power company's role in the death of a 90-year-old Kalamazoo-area woman who spent four days inside her frigid home after her power was cut off.

A social worker found Phyllis Willett and her 63-year-old daughter on December 17 wrapped in coats and blankets on the floor of their Vicksburg home.

American Electric Power Co. subsidiary Indiana Michigan Power cut the electricity December 13 over an unpaid bill.

The Kalamazoo Gazette says the Michigan Public Service Commission is investigating whether the company followed rules that require customers have a face-to-face visit before power is shut off. Company officials won't say if that occurred.

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