Police: Girl, 6, found dead outside in Bemidji, showed signs of exposure


A 6-year-old girl was pronounced dead outside an apartment complex in southeast Bemidji Thursday morning, according to The Bemidji Pioneer.

Police said the child was showing signs of exposure and pronounced dead on the scene. The name of the child has not been released and an official cause of death remains under investigation, according to the Star Tribune.

The Bemidji Police Department is developing a timeline to figure out when the child was last seen and how long she was outside in the cold, according to FOX 9.

Police were called to the home just after 6:20 a.m. The temperature in Bemidji at 6 a.m. was 25-below zero with a windchill of minus 43. At those temperatures, frostbite sets in in less than 30 minutes, according to The Bemidji Pioneer.

Valley News Live reports police are not sure why the girl was outside the building where she lived with her mother. No one has been arrested.

The death remains under investigation. Autopsy results are pending from the medical examiner's office.

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