Woman Likely Froze To Death Walking To Canada


Associated Press

A woman who may have been trying to reach Canada on foot from the United States probably froze to death in a remote part of northwestern Minnesota, authorities said.

The body of 57-year-old Mavis Otuteye, who authorities believe was a citizen of Ghana in western Africa, was found Friday in a field a half-mile from the Canadian border near the tiny town of Noyes, according to the Kittson County Sheriff’s Office.

Otuteye was reported missing a day earlier and was likely headed to Canada on foot to try to reunite with her daughter, Chief Deputy Matt Vig told WDAZ-TV (In This Story ).

He said Otuteye had been living in Delaware for the past several years.

Final autopsy results are pending, but Vig said the preliminary results indicate she died of hypothermia. The officer said part of her body was in a shallow pool of water in a drainage ditch.

“The temperatures that night were in the 40s,” Vig told the Grand Forks, North Dakota, television station. “Just tough weather for her to make that journey.”

Otuteye’s immigration status in the U.S. was not immediately clear. Vig did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Kris Grogan, a regional spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said his agency was awaiting final confirmation of her identity before releasing more information.


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