Officials have made a statement indicating that a 34-year-old man in Wisconsin was found frozen to death on New Year's Eve after he hid following a hit-and-run crash the night before.
Identified as Mark Henderson, the Milwaukee resident was driving a 1995 Ford Explorer Saturday night when he fled the scene of the crash on foot, a spokesperson for the Milwaukee Police Department told ABC News.
The police revealed that a missing person report was filed after investigators contacted Henderson's girlfriend, who notified them that he had been driving her car. Later on Sunday afternoon, Henderson's body was found in a yard between a fence and a shed by his girlfriend and the homeowner, a report by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office states.
It turns out that Henderson had run into the yard to hide from police after he fled the scene of the accident. Upon arrival at the scene, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner Jeanne Wiedmeyer said she found that Henderson's "body was frozen solid," according to report. Despite the frigid temperatures, Henderson was wearing just a pair of shoes, jeans and tank top, the report states.
He was the only occupant of the car when he ran a red light and caused an accident involving four cars, the medical examiner's report states. Luckily, a passerby noted that he knew the owner of the Ford Explorer. His girlfriend, Yolanda Paige, then responded to the scene, but she and officers were not able to find him after canvassing the area.
Paige returned to the scene the next day and found Henderson's jacket in the driveway of the residence where he was found. She then asked the homeowner for permission to check the backyard, and the two noticed footprints going toward where the shed was located. The police pointed out that the yard where Henderson was found was located on the same road as the crash.
Articles of clothing were also found in a neighboring yard by police after the crash, making investigators believe that Henderson was attempting to attempt to disguise and change the clothing he was last seen wearing. The other victims of the accident sustained non-life threatening injuries.