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.

:::: UPDATE ::::

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

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Donna DeLeon Valdez
Donna DeLeon Valdez

Maybe he had a heart attack. May be his phone was dead. What ever the man died and that is sad.

Karen Watson
Karen Watson

This weather is so dangerous. I will be glad when it's over. What a sad story :(

Stephanie Burkholder
Stephanie Burkholder

:( Stay in ur car and call someone for help!! Don't understand why so many have tried taking this on themselves with all the technology we have these days. Like shoke said.. I'd be stopping next time..

Cherie Hays
Cherie Hays

never EVER leave your vehicle in a blizzard unless you have literally tied yourself to the vehicle, OR you have left something on like the radio so that you can find your way back.

Blonde Rebel
Blonde Rebel

it is sad....buy, how does something like this even happen? so your car is stuck, you call someone, but not the police....that someone calls the police 2 hours later? did i read it wrong? and WHY would anyone ever leave the car...assuming it wasn't sinking, or at risk of blowing up...so many unanswered questions, I'm interested in seeing how this all turns out once the blanks are filled in....what a shitty way to go.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

who is editing this drivel?   Lagenfeld said officials still weren't CERTAIN, CLEAR, CONCERNED? about the chain of events leading up to the Kontz's death when he spoke to him this morning.

_Joe_
_Joe_

Under the right unfortunate circumstances, it would kill you too tough guy.

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0

Wow, asinine doesn't even began to describe it.

fritterspeelburn
fritterspeelburn

Ahh... no. That is nowhere near what it says.

Try reading it again

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

^^^ what the FUCK is this chicken scratch - u al shabbab?

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@atrupar  oooo you picked "certain"  - was hoping you'd pick "concerned"

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