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Jacob Anderson, U of M student found dead near Stone Arch Bridge, may have frozen

Jacob Anderson, U of M student found dead near Stone Arch Bridge, may have frozen
Photo of Jacob Anderson via WCCO on Twitter.

Just over a week after 19-year-old UMD student Alyssa Jo Lommel was found nearly frozen to death after a night outside in below-zero temperatures, an even worse fate befell 19-year-old University of Minnesota-Twin Cities freshman Jacob Anderson.

Anderson, from Orono, has been identified as the person Minneapolis police found dead early yesterday morning. The Star Tribune, citing police, reports that Anderson "may have frozen to death." Temperatures Saturday night into Sunday morning dipped below zero.

First, here's an MPD statement released early yesterday, before Anderson's identity was revealed:

At 8:45 a.m. this morning, Minneapolis Police received a 911 call of unresponsive person lying on the ground. Officers responded to the area of 6th Avenue SE and Main Street and located a young adult male lying on the riverbank, just east of the Stone Arch Bridge. The male was deceased and at this time, foul play is not suspected.

Publicly, at least, authorities haven't yet released any information about Anderson's cause of death or the chain of events leading up to his body being found outside.

Anderson was goalie for the Orono High School lacrosse team during their state championship run earlier this year. He was enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and lived in Pioneer Hall, the Strib reports.

In a statement released after his death was publicly announced, Raymond Duvall, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts, said, "We share this grief as a community. Out of this moment of sadness, let's all make a special effort to watch out for and take care of each other."

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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