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Autopsy results released in death of Luther College student

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Nana Kwasi "Nabby" Baffour-Awuah Nana Kwasi "Nabby" Baffour-Awuah

DECORAH (KWWL) -- The autopsy results for a Luther College student found dead on New Year's Day have been released.

Nana Kwasi "Nabby" Baffour-Awuah was found dead on a baseball field on the Luther College campus on Jan. 1.

The state medical examiner has ruled his death was accidental, the result of exposure/Hypothermia.

Toxicology tests show that Baffour-Awuah had a blood alcohol level of .174 and had a trace amount of marijuana in his system.

No other possible causes of death were identified.

Decorah Police say they got a 9-1-1 call from Baffour-Awuah at about 1:45 a.m. on Jan. 1, asking for help.  He told dispatchers he was on the Luther College campus.

A two-and-a-half hour search by Decorah Police, Luther College Security and a Winneshiek Medical Center paramedic unit turned up nothing.

A passerby found Baffour-Awuah around 8:00 a.m. near the baseball field.  Police say he was dead on the scene.  He was wearing long pants and two t-shirts.  There was no sign of foul play.

Interviews with witnesses determined that Baffour-Awuah was at a party from about 9:00 p.m. on Dec. 31, to about 1:00 a.m. on Jan. 1.

He was then seen at Decorah Mart at about 1:15 a.m., and left there about 1:35 a.m. in a taxi.  The taxi dropped him off on the Luther College campus.

The investigation determined that Baffour-Awuah's dorm was locked, and he did not have keys with him to get in.

Temperatures were reported to be in the single digits with wind chills below zero at the time Baffour-Awuah left the party.

The medical examiner's office says that the consumption of alcohol increases susceptibility to hypothermia and hypothermia may quickly lead to disorientation and unusual conduct by a person exposed to extremely cold temperatures.  These conditions can occur in a matter of 20 minutes or less.

The Decorah Police Department would still like to talk with anyone who had contact with Baffour-Awuah during the New Year's Eve late evening/early morning hours or have other information concerning this case.  If you have any information for police, call 563-382-3667.

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