A newspaper carrier found the body of a woman in the snow while delivering papers Tuesday morning, and the medical examiner ruled that she died of hypothermia.
The carrier found the body at a commercial property at 166 Kings Highway in Westport around 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, police said.
At first, the employee, who works for the Connecticut Post, believed the body might be a mannequin, but as he got closer, he realized it was a woman in pink pajamas and slippers, the newspaper reported.
"I thought, it looks too real. She was not moving at all," the carrier told the Connecticut Post. The employee has not been identified.
He called police, and paramedics took the body to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
"I'm shaking, I'm still trying to get over it," the carrier said. "To see her lying in the ice, in her pink pajamas, it was like a horror movie."
Police identified the woman as Cindy D'Auito, 48, of Westport. Westport Police say they were treating D'Auito death as suspicious, but the medical examiner said on Wednesday that her death was accidental. Toxicology results are still pending.
Anyone who had contact with D'Auito within the last 24 hours is being asked to call Westport Police.
Police said it appears that D’Auito was walking to a friend’s apartment, climbed a snow bank at the back of the parking lot and struggled to get out of the waist deep snow before returning to the pavement.
According to the Medical Examiner's Office, underlying medical issues might have been contributing factors as well. Detectives are still trying to determine if weather conditions or some other factors played a role on why D’Auito mistakenly walked into the parking lot.