Latest details of dead body found in snow bank in Chisholm

By KBJR News 1

February 6, 2014 Updated Feb 6, 2014 at 10:48 AM CDT

Iron Range, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The body of a man was found in a snow bank in Chisholm early Wednesday morning.

Authorities believe at this time the man died of exposure.

This is the second body found outside on the Iron Range this week and one of a significant number of weather–related tragedies this winter.

Shortly after seven Wednesday morning Chisholm police were called to what was reported as a person who had fallen into a snow bank.

When authorities got there they found that the man was dead.

"We're assuming he possibly died of exposure, we're not assuming any foul play is expected at this time," said Vern Manner, chief of police in Chisholm.

Chisholm police are waiting for autopsy results to confirm the cause of death.

Meanwhile 41 year old Andrew Kanian of Virginia had been missing since January 2nd.

His body was found Monday afternoon under a porch in a Virginia neighborhood.

"In this cold, cold weather we've had this year in this winter it's best to protect yourself," said Manner.

After further investigation authorities found Kanian was intoxicated the evening he crawled under the porch, fell asleep and froze to death.

"Common sense is a big thing here. People need to know where you are and when they expect you home, I think that would help," said Matt Markon, deputy chief of the Superior police.

These troubling deaths follow a number of other weather–related incidents including the death of a 25 year old marine, home on leave in Hayward.

He was found dead outside.

And the well–publicized severe frostbite suffered by two young women in Duluth, who spent the night outside.

Authorities say these incidents should serve as a warning for people to take winter seriously in the Northland...especially relating to situations in which alcohol is involved.

"Dress for the weather, go as buddies, tell people where you're going to be," said Manner.

Authorities urge people to take responsibility for friends, neighbors and relatives to make sure they don't fall victim to this record–setting winter.

The autopsy on the Chisholm man is expected yet this week.

Elsa Robins
erobins@kbjr.com