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Police investigating death of Holland woman

Becky Vargo • Mar 27, 2017 at 3:27 PM

Updated Monday, 8 p.m.

After an autopsy conducted at Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids, it is believed Betty Vredeveld’s death was caused by hypothermia. Capt. Mark Bennett of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department said there seems to be no criminality involved and while law enforcement officials are still waiting on a toxicology report, it is believed to be an accidental death.

HOLLAND — An autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of death of a woman discovered unresponsive outside her home early Sunday morning.

Holland Public Safety responded to the home in the 600 block of Apple Avenue around 4:30 a.m. after a newspaper delivery person found the woman and called 911, according to Capt. Mark Bennett of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.

The woman, identified as 64-year-old Betty Vredeveld, was transported to Holland Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Police requested the assistance of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department due to the fact that Vredeveld was in a close relationship with a retired civilian city employee, Bennett said.

That person is not a suspect in any criminal activity related to this case, said Bennett, who added that the cause of death is unknown at this time.

More details will be released once the autopsy is completed at Spectrum Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids.

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