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Hypothermia killed man found dead near interstate

Wire • Feb 18, 2013 at 11:45 PM

A 54-year-old man who was found dead a week after he was reported missing in September died from hypothermia, according to Franklin County Coroner Jan Gorniak.

The body of Paul M. Frazier was found 300 yards west of his wrecked car along I-270 near Gahanna on Oct. 4.

Other factors that may have contributed to his death were obesity, complications from diabetes, a heart attack and injuries from the crash, Gorniak said.

Frazier, of the Far North Side, didn’t show up for work on Sept. 27. A missing-person report was filed with Columbus police the next day.

A 911 call on Sept. 27 reported a car being driven erratically and going over an embankment along I-270. Gahanna and Columbus police responded but did not find the car.

The car was found in a wooded area 457 feet off the freeway. Officers found the car and the body by tracking the signal from Frazier’s cellphone.


By Allison Manning - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)

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