PROVO, Utah – A 20-year-old Provo woman died in the freezing cold after her car keys went missing in the woods during a night of drinking
Hadley Boberg, 20, and an unnamed man she was with were up in Provo Canyon, elevation 7,420 feet, Wednesday night apparently drinking alcohol and doing some hiking, authorities said Friday. When they set off to return to their jeep, they realized they didn't have the keys, The Utah County Sheriff's office says in a news release.
As they rummaged through the oak brush and trees, temperatures dipped well below freezing. They never found the keys or made it back to the jeep. At some point, Boberg lost consciousness and never woke up, authorities said.
Authorities found her body Thursday morning after her parents reported her missing. They also found the man wandering in the area. The man was evasive and seemed confused during interviews with detectives. That, coupled with the scratches and cuts he had led them to initially label it a suspicious death.
But an autopsy report showed the cause of death was alcohol and exposure to the cold, and authorities now believe it was a tragic accident.
Investigators found several empty bottles of alcohol in the area.
Weather records indicated it likely was about 17 degrees in the canyon the night Boberg died.