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Yarmouth man, 97, found dead in snow outside home

A 97-year-old Yarmouth man was found dead in deep snow outside his home Wednesday evening, police said.

Richard MacLean was found next to a carbon dioxide exhaust vent on the side of his home on Winding Brook Road, Deputy Police Chief Steven Xiarhos said in a statement.

An initial investigation showed MacLean died while trying to clear the vent. There was no indication of a crime, police said.

MacLean’s son, Richard MacLean Jr., had called Yarmouth police Wednesday morning from his Arizona home to ask them to conduct a well-being check on his father. When police went to the home around noon, they found the door unlocked and no one at home, Xiarhos said. They were told the senior MacLean was staying with neighbors.


When Richard MacLean Jr. later learned his father was not with neighbors, he called police again. Officers arrived at the house around 7 p.m. Wednesday to find the father dead.

Yarmouth police and State Police are investigating.

A New Bedford man also died during the blizzard. The 53-year-old had a heart attack Tuesday night while using a snowblower to help neighbors clear their driveways on Ashley Boulevard near Belleville Road, said Steve Arruda, deputy director of the town’s Emergency Medical Services.

EMS arrived quickly despite blizzard conditions, and twice used a defibrillator to try to revive the man around 6:45 p.m., Arruda said.

The man was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He is believed to have had a preexisting heart condition, Arruda said.

Aneri Pattani can be reached at aneri.pattani@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @apattani95.