A University of Vermont freshman was pronounced dead after he was found lying in the snow in a parking lot Saturday morning, authorities said.
Connor Gage, 19, of Little Falls, N.Y., was trying to cut through the back parking lot of a business earlier in the morning but was prevented from doing so when he ran into a fence, according to a statement from Burlington police. He was wearing “clothing that was inadequate” for the temperature at the time, which was between 1 to 4 degrees, police said.
Members of the Burlington Fire Department tried to resuscitate him to no avail.
His attire and “exposure to cold” are believed to have contributed to his death, according to police.
It was not immediately clear what happened between Gage encountering the fence and his death, but police said there was no indication of foul play.
Gage majored in Neuroscience at the College of Arts and Sciences, Vice Provost for Student Affairs Annie Stevens wrote in an email Sunday. He was also active member of the school’s Wellness Environment Mentor Program.
“We extend our deepest condolences to Connor’s family,” the email said. “Our sincere thoughts of care and sympathy are also extended to his friends, classmates, and to faculty and staff who were close to him.”
Police said the investigation is ongoing.