ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) – A Rochester man trapped in the cold likely died of hypothermia Sunday morning, according to Rochester Police.
Ali Gombo, 22, had already died when a neighbor saw him around 10 a.m. Sunday on the rear deck of a home at 917 4th Avenue Northwest. Police determined Gombo was asked to leave a Rochester bar around 2:30 a.m., but got a ride home with friends.
Gombo was dropped off at the corner of 10th Street and 4th Avenue Northwest in Rochester, not far from his sister’s home where he had been living for a few weeks.
Officers learned Gombo had lost his keys to the home sometime earlier and believe he knocked on the door to get someone’s attention. Investigators found footprints in the snow on the home’s rear deck, which indicate Gombo tried to get in that way. The snowy trail also shows he may have slipped on nearby landscaping rocks where the home slopes down.
Police also found blood smeared on a neighbor’s door, which indicate he tried to get their attention.
Police could learn more about what happened if they find his phone, which was not on scene when first responders arrived several hours later.