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High school student who fled party died of hypothermia

MADISON, MN — The cause of a high school student’s March 9 death after he fled an underage drinking party is hypothermia due to environmental exposure, authorities announced Thursday.

According to a new release from the Lac qui Parle County Sheriff’s Office, the coroner’s report also said alcohol consumption was a contributing factor in the death of Michael Chinedu Anyasike, 18, of Dawson.

The Dawson-Boyd High School student had been outdoors for about 12 hours after fleeing the party broken up by law enforcement around 12:30 a.m. that day. Anyasike’s parents reported him missing just after noon March 9, and the body was discovered just after 2 p.m. about a mile from where he had fled, the sheriff’s office said Thursday.

Anyasike was pronounced dead after being transported to Madison Hospital.

The sheriff’s office previously reported that about 20 vehicles were parked at the farm site where the party was held, and an unspecified number of youths were issued citations for underage consumption. Several young people fled.

Anyasike is survived by his parents, Dr. Michael and Irene Anyasike, and two younger brothers and a sister.

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