Medical Examiner: 'Acute heat stress' contributed to death of Tempe woman

Posted at 5:10 PM, May 05, 2017

The Medical Examiner’s Office has concluded their report on Priscilla Games, and has determined that heat did play a factor in the death of the 49-year-old Tempe woman.

Games was found dead inside her apartment at Santa Fe Court Apartments near Scottsdale Road and Weber Drive on August 3, 2016. The air conditioning in the apartment reportedly did not work at the time. Tempe fire crews told police that it was 113 degrees inside the unit when she was found.

ABC15 had been following reports of the A/C being out at the complex before Games was found dead, with many residents complaining of the management’s lack of urgency to fix the issue.

The Medical Examiner’s report shows that the official cause of death for Games is atherosclerotic and hypertensive cardiovascular disease, but acute heat stress is listed as a contributing factor.

The report also lists that Games showed signs of previously having a stroke and partial seizures, among other health issues, as well as a history of smoking.

The Djordjevich family owns the complex, along with many others in the Valley, including  Bell Ridge and Arbor Creek Apartments in Phoenix, Scottsdale Suites, and the Miles Motel in Mesa, just to name a few.

Around the time of her death, Tempe police told ABC15 that if the autopsy determines Games’ death was heat-related, they could pursue negligent homicide charges.

We’ve reached out to Tempe police about possible charges against the owners but have not gotten a definitive response.