Tragedy Strikes in Wisconsin: 17-Year-Old Daniela Itzel Velazquez Found Dead of Hypothermia
The Brown County Sheriff’s Office in Wisconsin recently announced the heartbreaking news that they have found the body of a missing 17-year-old girl, Daniela Itzel Velazquez. It is believed that Velazquez died of hypothermia after getting in a car accident.
On Sunday afternoon, Velazquez’s mother reported her missing around the same time a Wisconsin state trooper found her vehicle in a ditch. Shoes and Velazquez’s phone were found outside the car, and the keys and a wallet were found inside. The road had not been plowed, and it appeared the car had drifted a few feet off the roadway.
In an effort to locate Velazquez, investigators used drones, ATVs, snowmobiles and police K-9s to scour more than 37 acres. On Monday, a police K-9 found a piece of clothing east of the car, and the search focused on that area before the body was found on Tuesday. It was located about a quarter of a mile from the car.
At this time, it is believed that Velazquez died of hypothermia. The body was found with the arms clutched to the chest, as a person would do to keep warm. Investigators don’t believe foul play was involved in the death. It is theorized that she left her shoes because they were full of snow after trying to get the car back on the road and removed clothing as hypothermia set in.
The Brown County Sheriff’s Office expressed their sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Velazquez during this difficult time. The tragedy of this young woman’s death is a reminder of the importance of being prepared for the elements, especially during winter.