Heat wave claims local man


With two weeks of temperatures exceeding 90 degrees, the heat has claimed the life of a 66-year-old man.

Edgar County Coroner Scott Barrett has ruled the July 3 death of David W. Long as heat stroke.

Information provided by the coroner’s office indicates Long was found unresponsive at 1:32 p.m. July 3 in his car parked outside a residence on North Jefferson Street, Paris. The Paris Police Department was on scene within minutes of the call and summoned the coroner. Long was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation by the police department and the coroner determined Long was living in the attic portion of the house where his car was parked. It is estimated temperatures in the non-air conditioned attic consistently exceeded 140 degrees during the heat spell. Friends of Long told authorities the man frequently retreated to his car in an effort to escape the heat in his attic bedroom.

Long was last seen alive during the afternoon of July 2, sitting in his car and attempting to cool down.