FAIRBANKS - The city of Fairbanks recorded its first apparent exposure death in more than a year Thursday.
The frozen body of a 63-year-old man was discovered at about 8:10 a.m. behind Jo-Ann Fabrics on Third Street. Fairbanks police have not released the man’s name because next of kin has not yet been contacted, Lt. Tara Tippett said.
A cell phone caller contacted authorities after spotting the man lying near a trash container. No foul play is suspected, but the body has been shipped to the state medical examiner’s office in Anchorage for an autopsy.
Though winter officially ended last month, Fairbanks has felt an icy blast of cold temperatures this week after recording highs around 50 last week. Temperatures dipped into the teens Wednesday night and Thursday morning, and a light snow fell.
Exposure deaths occur occasionally in Fairbanks during the colder months.
While Alaska State Troopers investigated two likely exposure deaths last winter, the most recent exposure death reported in the city limits was April 16 of last year when a 53-year-old man was found dead near Aurora Motors on South Cushman Street.
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