Garry Kontz found dead after his car gets stuck in blizzard

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Kontz died after leaving his vehicle, which was stuck in snow outside a small town.
-- Update at bottom --

McLeod County authorities confirmed today that 55-year-old Garry Kontz was the man who was found dead yesterday morning more than two miles from his car, which had gotten stuck amid blizzard conditions on Sunday night.

According to Chief Deputy Tim Lagenfeld, the sheriff's department received a call just after 8 a.m. about a missing man "who had gotten stuck in a vehicle" near an intersection south of the city of Stewart, which is located about 70 miles west of Minneapolis. He hadn't been heard from since 11 p.m. Sunday night. Temperatures in the area that night dropped as low as nine below.

Just over two hours after they started searching for him, authorities found Kontz's body more than two miles away from his vehicle. Lagenfeld said officials still weren't certain about the chain of events leading up to the Kontz's death when he spoke to them this morning.

We contacted the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office to get more information about Kontz's cause of death, but haven't yet heard back as this is published.

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According to the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office, Kontz officially died "as a result of hypothermia due to environmental cold exposure."

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


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