A University of Vermont student was found frozen to death after trying to take a short cut home in extremely low temperatures.
Connor Gage was found lying in the snow in a parking lot behind a business before 11 am Saturday. The temperature was between minus 1F and minus 4F when it seemed the 19-year-old was cutting through the parking lot but was stopped by a fence. Emergency crews could not revive him and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say he was wearing “inadequate” clothing for the weather.
“Exposure to cold seems to have been a cause or significant contributing factor,” police said in a statement.
Although there are no indications of foul play, it is not clear if alcohol could have been a factor in the 19-year-old’s death but investigators are continuing to investigate. The New York native was a freshman at the University and studying neuroscience. The University has offered counseling services for those affected by his death.
“It is with great sadness that I inform the university community that Connor Gage, a first-year student from Little Falls, New York majoring in Neuroscience within the College of Arts and Sciences, passed away off campus,”they said in a statement. “Although the cause of death has not yet been confirmed, the Burlington Police Department has indicated that below-zero overnight temperatures may have been a contributing factor. We extend our deepest condolences to Connor’s family. Our sincere thoughts of care and sympathy are also extended to his friends, classmates and to faculty and staff who were close to him.”
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