Sandra Lommen was drinking and then found frozen to death. Police say Twitter Sandra Lommen, 20, fell into a creek and froze to death, according to the New York Daily News. The student then passed out near the frozen creek for several hours before she died of hypothermia.
Police say an intoxicated Lommen was en route to the on-campus Linden Gall dorm when she somehow wandered off the street towards the creek, some 1.5 miles from campus. A passerby found her, still breathing, at approximately 8:30 a.m., some six hours after she likely left the party, said Bemidji Police Chief Mike Mastin.
“We believe she left this social gathering at approximately 2 a.m. with the intention of walking back to her dorm … It was a series of unfortunate events.”
The Sandra Lommen drinking story by police has shocked fellow students at Bemidji State University. The freshman somehow ended up in this water early Wednesday as she weaved her way home from a party. Police are still investigating, according to The Inquistr.
The area where Lommen, from the Twin Cities suburb of Bloomington, was discovered once was a party spot, police said. But Mastin said that only one set of footprints in the snow led to the small creek, where Lommen, wearing a winter coat and boots, appeared to have fallen through the frozen water.
“It appears she broke through the ice and managed to get herself out … She was found probably 50 yards from the water.”
An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday, though the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s office did not immediately release a cause or manner of death.
The Sandra Lommen drinking story by police is case that isn’t quite over yet, notes the Examiner. Police are investigating to hold responsible whomever may have purchased the alcohol Lommen drank before she died, but Mastin said they aren’t out to pursue murder charges.
“We’re not looking to grill everybody … But ultimately, somebody is responsible. Somebody gave her booze.”
Last year, NewsOXY reported that a similar story where an Alaska teen 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. Although he wasn’t drinking, police believe he wandered off the main road.
It’s a tragedy to think a party was going on before the Sandra Lommen died after drinking. Police said these are the kind of accidents that can take place after a night of drinking. This could’ve been avoided by acting responsible.