Motorist stranded by blizzard found dead in central Minnesota

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The McLeod County sheriff's office says a man who was apparently stranded when his car was stuck in Sunday night's blizzard was found dead on a county road Monday.

WCCO reports the man was found near the town of Stewart, which is about 70 miles west of Minneapolis. He was not immediately identified. He was found about two-and-a-half miles from his car, WCCO says.

The McLeod County Sheriff's Office got a report at 8:21 a.m. Monday of the missing 55-year-old whose car gotten stuck in snow, investigators say, the New Ulm Journal reported. He had not been heard from since about 11 p.m. Sunday, the newspaper reported.

About 20 sheriff's office and firefighters searched the area on foot, on snowmobiles and in other vehicles, which led to the discovery of the man's body, the Journal reported. Warnings of blizzard conditions had been issued in the area, KSTP reports.

Investigators say they will release more details after the man's family had been notified, the Hutchinson Leader reported.

Blizzard conditions led to several road closures and a travel advisory Sunday evening. Monday morning's temperatures were in the double-digits below zero.

The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office is investigating the death, according to WCCO.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety's tips for winter drivers include planning ahead when traveling during severe weather. Those who have car trouble should stay with their vehicle rather than trying to walk to help, the agency says.

Homeland Security and Emergency Management notes that a winter survival kit or a cell phone can be a life-saver in such situations.

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