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Hypothermia ruled cause of 6-year-old Bemidji girl's death

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Investigators confirm that hypothermia caused the death of a 6-year-old Bemidji girl who was found Thursday in front of the apartment building where she lived, the Bemidji Pioneer reports.

The Pioneer says Bemidji police released the cause of death after the Ramsey County Medical Examiner completed a provisional forensic exam.

Authorities have still not identified the girl. Bemidji's police chief tells the Pioneer her family has requested that the girl's name not be released yet. Police have confirmed that she was a first-grader at Horace May Elementary School in Bemidji. Grief counselors were available at the school Friday, the Pioneer says.

Authorities said on Thursday that the girl's mother and a neighbor both called police. First responders arrived within minutes but pronounced the 6-year-old dead at the scene.

According to the Pioneer police, ambulance, fire, and sheriff's personnel responded. The newspaper reported that when authorities found the girl just after 6:20 a.m. she was wearing a jacket, boots, mittens, and a hat. The temperature in Bemidji then was 25 degrees below zero.

A police investigation continues. FOX 9 reports police say they're working on developing a timeline to reconstruct the incident, including when she was last seen and how long she was out in the cold.

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