A 20-year-old student appears to have frozen to death in central New York – and now police are hoping to retrace his steps that night.
The student has been identified as Tyler Lopresti-Castro, who was studying accounting at SUNY Oneonta in Oneonta, New York.
His death came during a period of dangerously cold temperatures, including wind chills of 25 to 30 below zero, police said in a news release.
Lopresti-Castro’s body was found at 6:50 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, near Exit 13 of Interstate 88, police said.
City workers reported finding “a male lying on the sidewalk near the Silas Lane bus garage,” police said.
“Tyler Lopresti-Castro was initially identified by his SUNY Oneonta ID card and was apparently suffering from prolonged exposure to extremely cold, sub-zero temperatures,” police said.
“EMS officers and firefighters were dispatched and began treatment at the scene and the individual was transported to AO Fox Memorial Hospital.”
Investigators have learned that he “was last seen around midnight”, but his whereabouts between that time and 2:15 a.m. remains a mystery.
He did not use a city bus to get to where he died, officials said.
Instead, video footage from the bus garage shows “Lopresti-Castro emerged from a wooded area behind the garage around 2:15 a.m.”.
“A search of the surrounding area indicates that Tyler may have left the causeway at the eastbound off-ramp of I-88 at the intersection of Route 205, climbing through the snow and crossing a drainage creek before driving off. ’emerge on City of Oneonta property’, police mentioned.
“Tyler was last seen wearing a gray hoodie and blue jeans…and may have been walking around the River Street-River Street Service Road, Oneida Street or Chestnut Street area during this time.”
Police asked the public to “refrain from sensationalizing or speculating about the nature of this tragedy”.
“This is a death investigation and is being treated very seriously, but there have been no indications of criminality to date,” police said.
Lopresti-Castro grew up in Nassau, New York, and enrolled in college in 2019 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in professional accounting, according to her Facebook page.