Friday, January 27, 2023

A woman in Buffalo went out on Christmas Eve and told her daughter she’d be right back. His body was found a few meters away from his house.

BUFFALO, New York (CNN) — Casey McCarron’s mom was always kind of a superwoman, but even so, when Monique Alexander decided to move out on Christmas Eve, McCarron was worried.

It would have been an easy decision any day, but a blizzard was brewing that would leave some areas of western New York under more than 4 feet of snow.

She told CNN that McCarron was already concerned when she saw a Facebook notification about the store closing.

Monique Alexander (right) went through a heavy storm earlier and was moved everywhere, said her daughter, Casey McCarron (left). (courtesy of Casey McCarron)

But his mother wanted to go out and Sikandar, 52, said he would be back soon and left without telling where he was going. McCarron, who has been living with Alexander since August, said she assumed her mother was trying to get there before the stores closed.

Sikandar, 52, never returned. His body was found a few meters away from his house.

“We were waiting for him to come home. However, I knew something was wrong so I accepted it right away, but it’s hard to know that she was even out for so long, as emergency services weren’t allowed to go out,” she said on Wednesday.

Alexander had faced heavy storms before, and he walked everywhere.

“She always felt like an invincible superwoman, so I guess she thought she could handle it,” McCarron said. “I couldn’t really say anything to my mom, she would do whatever she wanted. I think she thought she was strong enough for this.”

A few hours after Alexander left around 3 p.m., McCarron posted a message about his mother to a Facebook group for Buffalo residents who were experiencing increasingly severe weather. About 15 minutes later, a stranger messaged her and told her about her mother’s coat and blue jeans. He confirmed that it was Sikandar and asked if he had seen him.

“Can I call you?” the stranger asked McCarron.

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Once on a video call, he immediately collapsed. The man told him that he was trapped and was walking when he saw Alexander in the snow. He took her body out of the elements and placed it under the canopy of a business where it would not be buried under snow.

Later, the National Guard would recover his body. Officials said Alexander is among at least 37 people who have died in Erie County, 17 of whom were found outside, though they say the total will almost certainly rise.

McCarron said the family had lost their rock and someone they could call on for everything.

“My kids lost their grandmother, and that was the most important role in their lives … to be a good grandmother,” she said. “And now they only have memories.”

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