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Freezing victim called caring, calm by former friend

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Freezing victim called caring, calm by former friend
Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

A 43-year-old man who died Thursday night after deputies discovered him partially frozen in a snowbound vehicle north of Moorhead was a caring outdoors enthusiast who never lost his temper, a friend said Friday.

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Craig Glock rented a room from Christine Konakowitz on and off for about 10 years in the Twin Cities area and had recently moved to Dilworth. The two had lost touch, but Konakowitz said Glock was a good man who taught her

18-year-old son how to fish and how to cook.

Authorities have not determined how long Glock was in the vehicle before Clay County deputies discovered him about 8:45 a.m. Thursday. His limbs appeared to be frozen solid and his heartbeat was nearly undetectable, Sheriff Bill Bergquist said.

Glock died about 6 p.m. Thursday at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo. His body has been sent to the Ramsey County (Minn.) medical examiner for an autopsy.

Glock was unresponsive when authorities found him and he had indications of severe frostbite, Bergquist said.

Glock's last known contact with people was when he rented a video at Cash Wise in Moorhead at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a receipt found in the vehicle along with a video player, Bergquist said.

Authorities also found an empty bottle of alcohol in the vehicle, but because it appears Glock was living in the vehicle it is unclear when it was consumed, Bergquist said.

Authorities determined Glock last lived in an apartment in Dilworth in August and confirmed he got out of treatment Jan. 10, the sheriff said. Bergquist wasn't sure what kind of treatment.

Glock last used his cell phone on Jan. 11, Bergquist said.

"So we're assuming he didn't have a whole lot of friends here."

Bergquist said it appears Glock's vehicle was driven straight off the road; there were no skid marks.

While living with Konakowitz, Glock worked as a roofer and spent a lot of time biking, she said.

"He'd ride for miles," she said.

He kept to himself for the most part and struggled with alcoholism for many years, Konakowitz said.

"I had tried to save his life so many times," she said, adding that Glock had been in and out of alcohol treatment centers in the past.

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