Locals in a quiet Connecticut town were stunned to find out a local man had died in a parking lot.
On Saturday, an otherwise unidentified 77-year-old man was found dead in Guilford, CT.
Family members had earlier reported the man missing.
Then, on Saturday, police found him in his car in a local parking lot.
He was found a short distance from his car.
On the surface, it appears he died going to or leaving his vehicle.
At this time, police say his death appears to be of natural causes.
His identity has not yet been given.
Police will announce his identity when family members have been officially notified.
Deaths like this are always a wakeup call for our elderly, especially in extreme weather.
We have already seen dozens of cases like this one this year.
Elderly members of the family are left alone, then go missing because they wander away from the house unattended.
As a society, we need to be more attentive to their needs to ensure that situations like this one are the exception rather than the norm.
If a caregiver is not affordable, there are other solutions.
AARP, for instance, has information on how to better care for an elderly loved one at home.
For more information, you can visit the AARP website.