Police identify UMD student found unconscious in subzero temps

By KBJR News 1

December 9, 2013 Updated Dec 10, 2013 at 12:18 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A 19-year-old UMD student is being treated for severe hypothermia after spending an entire night outside in subzero temperatures.

Duluth Police found 19-year-old Alyssa Jo Lommel unconscious on the porch outside of her neighbor's house, where the temperature overnight was 17 degrees below zero.

Duluth Police say the UMD freshman was dropped off outside her home Friday night and was found the next morning by a passerby after spending nearly 10 hours outdoors.

She was then transported to St. Luke's hospital and was later flown to the burn unit at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where they specialize in injuries from extreme cold.

Monday, Lommel's father wrote his daughter was "in very tough condition."

Word about the incident spread through the UMD campus.

"It's scary, definitely, 'cause I don't know the person but I'm concerned for them because it could happen to anybody. It could have been anybody's friend. Just I really urge people to just be safe," said Alexis Crotteau, a senior at UMD.

"UMD has a 'Safe Walk' program here. It's open 8-midnight Monday through Thursday, and Sunday from 8-midnight. I think it's a very good way just to get people home safely. I mean it's a boy and a girl and they would walk you, I think a two mile radius... and to me I think it's really effective. It's really helpful and it makes me feel safe," said Madi Mcmahon, a junior at UMD.

According to her caring bridge page, Lommel's heart and other internal organs are functioning well but her biggest challenge going forward will be fighting dangerous infections, resulting from her injuries, and restoring blood flow to her hands and feet.

She is said to be in critical but stable condition.

An entry on caring bridge indicates that her feet have shown little improvement, and treatment on them has stopped.

The incident remains under investigation.

Elsa Robins
erobins@kbjr.com

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