Troopers identify body and cause of death of man found frozen

Posted: Tuesday, April 09, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 19-year-old Fairbanks man found frozen in Cripple Creek died from hypothermia associated with alcohol, Alaska State Troopers said.

Results from an autopsy Monday determined the cause of Matthew Head's death, said trooper Sgt. Ron Wall. Head had been dead about 10 days when he was chipped from the frozen creek near the Parks Highway.

Head was reported missing March 31 by his mother. His body was spotted on April 1 during an aerial search.

Troopers spent 3 1/2 hours recovering the body before sending it, still covered in ice, to the state medical examiner's office in Anchorage for identification and determination of the cause of death.

Wall said Head was last seen March 19, walking toward the Parks Highway after leaving a residence where he had been drinking.

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