BAY CITY, Michigan – Public records obtained by a newspaper show a 93-year-old man found frozen to death in his Michigan home had received several utility shut-off notices.
The Bay City Times says city records it obtained under the Freedom of Information Act say six letters were sent to Marvin Schur's home in the past two years.
His body was found Jan. 17, several days after Bay City Electric Light & Power restricted electricity and a month after his final shut-off notice.
Records suggest Schur was confused about how to pay. He tried at least twice to pay bills at his bank, which couldn't accept them.
Mayor Charles Brunner says it appears Schur's problems were warnings of his vulnerability and should have been "a red flag" to officials.