Exposure death early Tuesday was accidental

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Published: December 8 2010 | 3:39 pm - Updated: 3 April 2014 | 5:57 pm in

Cory Sundberg’s death was an accident, but police are still trying to determine why the southwest Cedar Rapids man was outside in subzero temperatures wearing only boxer shorts.

Officers found Sundberg, 31, just before 6 a.m. Tuesday lying on the ground in the 500 block of 10th Street SW. The temperature was 7 degrees.

Linn County Medical Examiner Dr. Don Linder ruled today that Sundberg, of 440 Ninth Ave. SW, died from hypothermia due to exposure. His death has been ruled accidental.

Police Sgt. Joe Clark said officers are still trying to determine why he was found in only his boxer shorts on a frigid morning.

“(Investigators) are trying to talk to the last people that saw him and his friends to piece together the last few hours before he went outside,” Clark said.

About five hours before Sundberg’s body was found, officers were called to a report of a man without pants or shoes walking nearby, but were unable to locate anyone.

A woman at Sundberg’s home declined to comment Wednesday and attempts to reach his family members have been unsuccessful.

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