GRAND FORKS — A teen from Grand Forks is lucky to be alive after nearly freezing to death.

Austin Seymour, 18, is currently at a Minneapolis burn unit where he is being treated for hypothermia and severe frostbite.

 

The University of North Dakota Police Department got a 911 call around 1 a.m. Sunday when someone driving by Memorial Stadium had concerns about Seymour, who they saw walking outside while it was 19 below.

Seymour was transported to Altru Hospital before he was flown to the Twin Cities.

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Exactly why Seymour was out in the cold is still under investigation. It's unclear how he was dressed.

Police are still trying to piece together what Seymour, who is not a student at the University of North Dakota, was doing prior to being found in the cold.

"We want to find out the details of where he was, what was going on and basically a timeline of how long he was outside and the events leading up to it," said University of North Dakota police lieutenant Danny Weigel.

Police hope to have these answers in a few days.

According to a GoFundMe site set up by Seymour's family, he has a long, painful road to recovery once he returns to Grand Forks.

He will need to travel to the cities once a week for the next 6 months for therapy.