Fairbanks man dies of hypothermia

Posted: Friday, December 27, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 20-year-old Fairbanks man died of hypothermia after apparently spending the night outside in temperatures near zero.

Fairbanks police said Robbie Charlie, 20, he was found by neighborhood children lying behind his home Thursday evening. The children recognized Charlie and went to the house to tell his father, Fabian Charlie, said Fairbanks Police Officer Chris Demours.

The elder Charlie found his son, picked him up brought him inside his apartment, then called police. Robbie Charlie's family told Demours they hadn't seen him all day and suspected he had been in the backyard overnight in temperatures near zero degrees.

A Fairbanks Fire Department ambulance quickly responded to the home and found signs of life. Charlie was transported to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5:50 p.m., Demours said. Fairbanks police Lt. Dusty Johnson said Charlie had a body-core temperature of between 84 and 86 degrees when he arrived at the hospital.

Medical personnel at the hospital told Demours that Charlie had a history of drinking. He was last seen inside the house Wednesday night. Demours said he was found with a house key on a string around his neck.

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