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Forum News Service, Published December 09 2013

Duluth student found outside in subzero temperatures

DULUTH, Minn. - A 19-year-old Duluth college student is listed in stable but critical condition after being found unconscious on a neighbor’s porch Saturday morning in subzero temperatures, Duluth police said.

Alyssa Jo Lommel, a University of Minnesota Duluth student from St. Cloud, was suffering from severe hypothermia when a passerby spotted her around 9:30 a.m., police reported.

Police learned that Lommel had been dropped off outside her home about midnight. Nobody was home at the house where she was found, police said. The overnight temperature dropped to -17 degrees.

Lommel was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital and later flown to Regents Hospital in St. Paul, police said.

Police did not say whether the incident was alcohol related, but a tweet posted on Lommel’s Twitter account Friday afternoon states: “tequila shots tonight.”

Lommel’s parents, Jay and Teri Lommel of St. Cloud, told the St. Cloud Times their daughter sustained significant damage to her hands and feet and that losing one or more of them remains a possibility. Much depends on how her body responds to the treatment she’s receiving, Teri Lommel said.

“It’s very much a wait-and-see thing at the moment,” Lommel told the newspaper. “It’s going to take some time to determine what’s going to happen.

“We are hopeful that her body will heal itself.”