ISHPEMING, Mich. – Police say a Michigan Technological University student died from apparent hypothermia during a weekend hiking trip with classmates in the Upper Peninsula.
TV6 reports 19-year-old Marcus Antilla from Republic died of hypothermia Saturday morning during a hiking trip with five other friends near Rocking Chair Lake - 17 miles north of Ishpeming.
WLUC-TV reports investigators also released the names of the other students who were with Antilla: 19-year-old Connor Weber from Grand Haven; 19-year-old Harlan Carello from Champion; 18-year-old Hunter Roose of Ishpeming; 19-year-old Andrew Pumford of Midland; and 18-year-old Rush Rodwan of Climax.
After one of the students went for firewood and didn't return, his friends found him cold and wet. They built a fire to warm him, but he began showing signs of severe hypothermia.
The students called authorities about 4:30 a.m. Saturday, but it took searchers more than three hours to find them.