ELLSWORTH — Maine police say a Machias man has died of hypothermia after he was found lying in an alley in downtown Ellsworth.

Police say 64-year-old Ronald LaCasse was found on the ground between two buildings this morning by a worker at the Maine Shellfish Co. who was reporting to work.

Police say it appeared that LaCasse was sleeping or passed out. Police do not know how long he had been there before he was found.

LaCasse was taken to the hospital where he later died of hypothermia.

The Bangor Daily News reports that the temperature was about 10 degrees when he was found, wearing jeans, sneakers, a T-shirt and a zip-up sweater.

Police say LaCasse had been staying at a local homeless shelter, where he was until noon on Tuesday.

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