Alaska Teen Freezes To Death On Way Home — Northern exposure? An Alaska teen simply freezes to death after walking home from a friend’s house. The 14-year-old boy died of exposure in the southwestern Alaska village of Kipnuk.
The temperature was 50 degrees below zero with winds up to 70 mph. Alaska Troopers said a search was initiated at around 8 p.m. (12 a.m. ET Monday) Sunday after the teen, Brandon Anaver, failed to turn up at his home. The search team was able to find Anaver’s footprints, but could not follow them because of blowing snow.
The searchers also used VHF radio and conducted inspections until the deteriorating conditions forced searchers to call off the search for the night. On Monday,a tribal police officer told troopers the Anaver’s body was found 1.5 miles downriver. Officials said it appeared the teen died from exposure to the extreme elements, and that there was no evidence of foul play.
Meanwhile, a bitter blast of sub-zero temperatures and minus 50-degree wind chills gripped the northeast Monday, MSNBC reports. Vast swaths of Canada were also in a deep freeze. Another blast of winter is expected to hit the northeast this week.