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Autopsy: BSU student found outside died of hypothermia; funeral Friday

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Preliminary autopsy results indicate the 20-year-old Bemidji State University student spotted on the ground in the early morning cold last week died due to hypothermia, the Bemidji Pioneer reports.

Sandra Lommen was discovered in a wooded area the morning of Dec. 10, alive and breathing, but showing signs of hypothermia.

Police told KSTP the Bloomington native appeared to have wandered off the road as she tried to walk back to campus from a social gathering and fell through the ice in a creek. They believe she then escaped from the water, and made it back to a path toward the street before falling unconscious.

She was taken to Sanford Medical Center but later died.

Forum News Service says toxicology tests are pending. The investigation is ongoing, but her death was ruled accidental.

Funeral service

A funeral service for Lommen is scheduled for Friday at 5 p.m., at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church, according to an obituary in the Star Tribune.

Lommen was a freshman nursing student at BSU and resided on campus in Linden Hall; her body was found about a mile-and-a-half from her dorm.

The obituary describes her as having "sparkling eyes, [a] vibrant smile and loving heart," and says she will be "cherished and carried" in the hearts of her loved ones forever.

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