What we really cannot figure out is why both of these kids were belligerent, yet planning to drive home…
Very irresponsible. Darwin nominee…
A 20-year-old Utah woman died of exposure after losing her keys in the woods during a night of drinking with a friend in freezing temperatures Wednesday night.
Hadley Boberg and an unnamed man she was with were returning from a late-night hike in Provo Canyon (7,420 feet) when they realized they didn’t have the keys to Boberg’s Jeep, The Utah County Sheriff’s office said in a news release.
As they rummaged through the oak brush and trees, temperatures dipped well below freezing. They never found the keys or made it back to the jeep. At some point, Boberg lost consciousness and never woke up, authorities said.
“According to a Weather Underground stationposted in Provo Canyon, temperatures dipped to 25 degrees overnight Wednesday into early morning Thursday,” said weather.com meteorologist Chrissy Warrilow. “In addition to the cold temperatures, winds blowing from the west gusted to near 20 mph that night, further creating a dangerously cold situation for someone not properly prepared for the elements.”
Authorities found her body Thursday morning after her parents reported her missing. They also found the man wandering in the area. The man was evasive and seemed confused during interviews with detectives. That, coupled with the scratches and cuts he had led them to initially label it a suspicious death.
But an autopsy report showed the cause of death was alcohol and exposure to the cold, and authorities now believe it was a tragic accident.
Investigators found several empty bottles of alcohol in the area.
Alcohol and cold temperatures can be a deadly combination: though alcohol can give the illusion of feeling warm, drinking can actually cause you to lose body heat faster, according to Drinkaware.com.
Weather records indicated it likely was about 17 degrees in the canyon the night Boberg died.
The Associated Press & Weather.com contributed to this report.