The Carlton County coroner said Wednesday exposure caused the death of an elderly Twin Cities man found on a snowmobile trail last week.
Gerald Maloney, 81, of Minnetonka, died of exposure caused by dimentia and mini-strokes, the Duluth News Tribune said. The death was ruled accidental. He had been missing since Feb. 27.
According to the Star Tribune, Maloney left his home about 11:30 a.m. to go to an auto-repair shop. He never arrived, and his wife reported him missing at 6:30 p.m. that evening.
Minnetonka police told KSTP-TV that Maloney may have been confused because of memory problems, The Republic said.
A snowmobiler called 911 about 7:40 p.m. March 1 after discovering an abandoned car on the trail in the Clear Creek area.
Maloney had been at the scene since before a Feb. 29 storm, Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake said.