Second university student found dead amid freezing temperatures

A second university student was found dead last week as states across the U.S. were hit with record-breaking low temperatures. 

Connor Gage, a first-year student majoring in neuroscience at the University of Vermont, died on Saturday after being found lying in the snow in the back parking lot of a business in Burlingont, Vt., a school official announced. 

The police said on Twitter on Saturday that "indications suggest exposure to cold was a cause or contributing factor" to the 19-year-old student's death. The temperatures were between minus 1 and minus 4 degrees on Saturday morning in Vermont and Gage was found wearing clothing that was "inadequate" for the weather, according to police. 

An investigation into his death is ongoing. 

The Burlington Free Press noted that Gage's identity had been withheld until Sunday. 

"We extend our deepest condolences to Connor’s family," Annie Stevens, vice provost for student affairs, wrote in a letter to the school community, according to The Free Press. "Our sincere thoughts of care and sympathy are also extended to his friends, classmates, and to faculty and staff who were close to him."

Gage's death came during a week in which parts of the Midwest and northeast were hit with a polar vortex that contributed to extremely low temperatures. 

Gerard Belz, 18, a second-year pre-medicine major at the University of Iowa froze to death as temperatures plunged to about minus 21 degrees, with a windchill as low as 51 degrees below zero. 


His body was found about 3 a.m. behind a university building on Wednesday. Foul play was not suspected in either of the students' deaths.