Troopers: Missing Kodiak child's death attributed to hypothermia

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Alaska State Troopers have concluded their investigation into the death of 7-year-old Sawyer Cipolla, and have determined the cause as hypothermia.

    Troopers determined that Sawyer died from hypothermia due to exposure to the elements, and said no signs or indications of foul play or suspicious circumstances were found.

    They said the preliminary information from the State Medical Examiner corroborated the findings.

    The Department of Public Safety thanked the community for their assistance in the search.

    "DPS would like to thank the thousands of volunteers, dozens of agencies, businesses, and organizations, and the entire Kodiak community for your assistance with this search and investigation over the last week and a half," the dispatch read.

    Sawyers remains were found on May 15 by two adults recreating in the Pillar Mountain area.

    Sawyer was reported missing on May 7.

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