Rural mail carrier finds North Dakota man frozen to death

November 16, 2022

NORTHWOOD, N.D. (KFGO) – An elderly Northwood, North Dakota man has been found dead near his home.

The Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office says a rural mail carrier discovered the body of 85-year-old Gerald Thingelstad Monday morning.

Investigators say they believe Thingelstad walked away from his home, became disoriented, and died of exposure to the cold. There is nothing suspicious about the death.

Deputies, Northwood Police, Northwood Fire and EMS and the Grand Forks County Coroner responded to the call.