By Ana Bottary

abottary@abc6.com

An elderly Providence woman was found face down outside her apartment building early Sunday morning in sub-zero temperatures.

The family of 83-year-old Juana Delacruz last spoke with her by phone on Saturday. They say she decided not to attend church the next day due to the cold temperatures predicted.

On Sunday morning, around 7 a.m., two women discovered Delacruz's body outside the Aaron Briggs Manor. Her legs were bare as she lay face-down on the sidewalk, not moving, and barely breathing. She later died at Rhode Island Hospital.

Senior Advocate Karen Testa says seniors wandering outside is an unfortunate reality and problem.

"What we find is that they do not want to rely on their family members or their loved ones, so they will attempt to drive in inclement weather, they will also attempt to go out walk if they have to. And of course, walking on icy snowy side walks increases their risk of falling," says Testa.

It's believe Delacruz was locked out of her apartment at Aaron Briggs, which offers low income apartments to the elderly and disabled. The Providence Journal reports there was no security guard on duty.

"I have to say that it is surprising. Something didn't go right because most of the facilities we work with, they have very strict procedures in place for their residents, for their safety," says Testa.

The reason she ventured outside is still unknown. ABC6 reached out to the owner of Aaron Briggs, which is based in Boston, but have not heard back.

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