Hypothermia cause of 6-year-old's death in Bemidji
BEMIDJI - A 6-year-old Bemidji girl found dead Thursday morning died of hypothermia due to exposure to frigid conditions, according to a provisional report issued Friday by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's office in St. Paul.
Bemidji Police Chief Mike Mastin said the family has requested that the girl's name not be released at this time. Mastin said he expected the investigation to run into late next week.
The girl was a first-grader at Horace May Elementary School. Grief counseling was available to students Friday at the school.
The girl's body was found after Beltrami County dispatch received two calls at 6:23 a.m. Thursday, one from the victim's mother and the other from a neighbor.
Police and medical personnel found the girl inside the front entrance to the Washington Avenue Apartments in southeast Bemidji. Police said she was wearing a jacket, boots, hat and mittens. She had signs of being exposed to the frigid elements and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Overnight and early morning temperatures Thursday were in the 25-below range with wind chills of 40 below and colder.